When my children were little babies, bedtime was always a routine. We did bathtime, some cereal, a bottle, then bed. From the time my firstborn was four months old we had a routine. It just worked for us. As they grew older, and we added more children (we have five now), the backbone of the routine remained the same. Thirteen years later, we still have a routine. Get ready for bed with pj’s, snack, and brushing teeth. Recently we’ve added a special prayer time as well.
There have been times when my husband and I have been so tired we barely make it through the routine. Our eyes ache and our bodies are worn, but we stick to the routine. Why? Because our children have learned to rest this way. It is now ingrained in their little bodies and minds that we need to have a snack, then brush our teeth, and then pray. Those three things we try to keep each night religiously because, if we even deviate a little, they are restless.
Sure, each night we might have one or two children get out of bed and ask a question or express a hurt. There are trips to the bathroom and refilling of water bottles. Overall, they settle down more quickly and fall asleep faster if we make sure to do those three things. In fact, you can read three ways prayer can help your kids fall asleep here.
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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Sarah Frazer