- Family and Parenting
Tricks For Making Bedtime Less of a Hassle
So it's your child's most dreaded time of the day, which is the dreaded "Bedtime. " To you their bedtime is a time for you to rest, relax and unwind. To them it is the most "boring, boring time ever, " well at least that's what my children used to always say. It used to take me hours to get my children to sleep at night, and that's not an exaggeration either. I had a better chance of winning the lottery, than getting them to close their eyes at night. It was an everyday struggle just to get them to go to sleep at night. I am so glad I figured out these nerve saving tips for making bedtime easier.
Below are a couple of tips to help make bedtime less of a struggle
Lavender is Amazing
Not only does lavender smell amazingly, clean and fresh, it's also very soothing and relaxing as well. I heard about this little trick from my grandmother. She told me a lavender bath is the best way to soothe a crying or hyperactive child. You could use a lavender bubble bath, or body wash both work pretty much the same.
I noticed within about the fourth night of my children bathing in lavender that they appeared to be more calmer and relaxed. Plus as my oldest daughter says all the time "lave makes my skin softer than my baby Snuggie-Dotts". Kids say the cutest things, Snuggie-Dotts is her stuffed dolphin.
I know you're probably hearing me say this and thinking to yourself tea has so much caffeine, "are you crazy. " But before you go into a stark raving mad rant about me being a "nutcase". I am talking about "decaf tea, " not regular, I usually enjoy a cup right before bedtime with my kids. Not only does this seem to calm them down, it also gives us extra talk time as well. Children love to talk about almost everything, plus they really enjoy spending quality time with you.
I usually choose peppermint, or chamomile, I find that these kind of teas are the ones that my kids seem to like the most. Besides these types of tea are known to be very soothing, they also help to boost your immune system as well.
Children love to use their huge imaginations, not only does this help add character to your children, it wears them out as well. Each night I pick a theme for each child to tell a story about, a fave in my house seems to be "Fairy-tale Day. " My kids come up with some pretty awesome stories when we use this theme. "Anything from tales of defeating dragons, to walking up rainbows, " they are so creative. I really enjoy hearing all the great adventures they makeup.
After about thirty minutes of jumping around as if they are climbing mountains, or crawling around acting as if they are dodging flying monkeys my children can barely keep their eyes open.
Yoga is as good for children as it is adults, it is very relaxing and helps them build strength and flexibility. Me and my children usually do this right before we have our tea and story-time. They love being able to do new things and yoga teaches them that through practice and hard work you can achieve just about anything. So "OHM" away.
Believe it or not bedtime doesn't have to be such a hassle, if you make bedtime fun and eventful your child will love to hear those once dreaded words "it's Bedtime"