bedtime routine

Back-to-school is officially a "season." Depending on where you live in the United States, it starts in early August and ends around the third week of September.
My daughters are 6, 4 and 2-years-old. Bedtime is the antithesis of all of their little hopes and desires. And, due to my reliance on bad habits to get through the early stages of motherhood, only the third child has grasped the concept of going to sleep on her own. (I know, I know...)
Having turned 70, I know I am officially old. Granted, aging has slowed me down a bit. I walk slower, take longer to remember things, and have a harder time getting up from the floor when I play with my grandkids. But going to bed? Why has that become such a long process?
Enjoy this free guided meditation for those times during the day when things get a bit overwhelming. To say the past few
The president isn’t perfect when it comes to getting enough rest, but he's doing several things right.
In honor of Father's Day, this post was going to be a collection of memories about how my dad had an impact on my bedtime ritual. It was huge -- for one thing, he got me to stop sucking my thumb by telling me I would end up looking like Bugs Bunny. I trusted him because he said I could keep my blankie -- just don't suck my thumb.
While there is truth that coloring is an enjoyable and focused activity that can make excellent use of your time, the benefits that it gives you cannot be underemphasized.
Be aware that a full moon may affect your and your children's sleep and mood. Knowing this can help you understand if your child acts out during the corresponding daytime. Sticking with healthy sleep and nutrition routines can help minimize the effects of the lunar cycle.
One great thing about owning a smartphone is having the ability to have multiple alarms set on any given day. Most people have alarms to wake themselves up in the morning, but do people use alarms to alert them to report to bed?
Keep calm, set up bedtime boundaries which include a bedtime routine that nurtures both caregiver and child, and soon enough
When in fact, mental flexibility is a cornerstone of progress. We adjust to our challenges and re-strategize to solve problems. Isn't true education about eliciting a change of mind? A flexible mind is something to which we should all aspire.
Maybe you've agreed to watch them during a coming school break, or maybe you're simply in the mood for extra-special quality time together. Either way, you find yourself thinking about taking a vacation with your grandkids -- without their parents (you know, your own kids?) -- and suddenly your next thought is, Can I handle that?
A very important part of improv is listening. I was reminded of this a while ago when my second child was only two years old. He was being fussy while I was changing his diaper. I asked him, “Is it hard being a little kid sometimes?” He said, “Yeah.” I asked, “What’s hard about being a little kid?” What he said stopped me in my tracks.
What you do in the hours before bed and when you do it can have an effect on how easy it is to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. It's often mentioned that adopting a consistent evening routine can help with insomnia, and research finds that certain habits like a warm bath and reducing screen time correlate with quality sleep.
Nothing is quite like a good night's sleep. For the past 30 years, I have been collecting strategies for dozing off into the abyss.
The next time you find yourself delaying going to bed, think about whether these physical, mental, or emotional barriers could be keeping you up. Then experiment until you find the solution that works for you.
We've put together nine of the best ways you can enhance your space for sleep according to leading sleep hygiene experts and recent studies. Read on to learn what environmental changes can have the biggest impact on rest.