“20 more minutes pleaseeee!” We’ve all heard this plea from children when it’s time go to bed. It’s no secret that many little one loathe bedtime. Making them feel engaged and relaxed before bed is often a big to-do. Reading bedtime stories get old for both you and your child. Here are some awesome alternatives both you and your sweetie can enjoy before hitting the sack.
1. Create the bedtime story.
Children love being creative. Instead of reading the same fairy tales, why not exercise your child’s vivid imagination and have them create their own story! This activity is stimulating and engaging for the both of you. Start by introducing a character, phrase or situation and ask your child to continue. Take turns adding plot twists until you choose to end the story when it’s time to snooze. When you’ve created an ongoing storyline, your child may even begin to look forward to this bedtime activity.
2. Build a gratitude list.
There’s never a wrong time to instill values in your children. Before bed, ask your child to share three things they are grateful for and you do the same. This exercise builds gratitude and character while sending your child off to dreamland with positive thoughts. Creating the habit of gratitude is also good for adults.
3. Good old fashion chores.
Whether your child dreads doing chores or loves taking on responsibility, showing children that responsibilities must be completed before going to bed is a great character builder. Have your child pick out their outfit for the next day or simply put away all their toys. This activity cuts down the morning rush the next day.
4. Draw your day.
Many children find coloring and drawing relaxing. Why not have them reflect on their day by drawing it out on paper. The therapeutic effects can make your child a litle sleepy. This is also a great way for you to see your child’s world.
5. Talk about their day.
We think we engage with our children when we ask “How was school?” More times than not, children respond with a simple “Good.” Before bed is a great time to ask them about their day in detail. Ask them what was their favorite part of their day was. Instead of asking “how was your day?” prompt them to give details. Saying “Tell me about your day” can initiate a fun and revealing dialogue. This a great way for the two of your to bond.
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Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
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