No one wants to hear about the start of the school year in July. Yet it is the best time to set up a bedtime routine avoiding the stress of September. Indeed, the moment when children are sent to bed is often seen as most difficult of the day by parents. Good news: sleep habits can be established in seven days thanks to a little calm, confidence and consistency.
Let us not forget that the period from birth to 6 years is essential for Development of a human being. Evening routines make it easier for us to fall asleep because they bring security, of the relaxation and of love. So here are some tips to make bedtime a success for the whole family.
Let your children choose
Done participate your children making decisions to turn bedtime from wrestling to fun activity. Give them a (limited) choice in the process. “Do you want to brush your teeth first or put on pajamas?” Get in the habit of saying “when” and “So“rather than” if you don’t do that … you won’t be able to. “For example:” When you brush your teeth, we can read stories. ”
Make your child’s room a safe and peaceful refuge and choose three or four quiet activities that children and parents can practice together. Reading aloud, for example, fosters imagination and creativity, as well as a sense of connection between parent and child. Don’t be afraid to give an extra story, a hug, or a bath if the child is struggling to relax.
Create a “happy wall”
Based on research cited by Thrive Global, the fact of look at the picture of a person we love or a good memory allows us to reproduce the same positive emotions in our brain. Make a cork wall to place next to your child’s bed to hang pictures, photos and words of love.
Visualization is a useful tool that can help children to relax before bed, but also to remain calm when deal with difficult emotions All day long. Have them close their eyes and visualize their favorite place, then help them awaken their senses by asking what they see, what they touch, and what they smell.
Spending time in front of a screen can affect children’s brains, especially at bedtime. Blue light emitted by our technological gadgets suppresses and delays the release of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. The use of social media can also exacerbate anxiety and fear.
Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock for every room in the house. Above all, set an example: the mobile phone stays in the living room / kitchen / hall during the night. If necessary, also plan a flashlight to go to the bathroom at night. Without screens, the whole family will be in better shape when you wake up.