Our days are filled with so much. From the time the alarm goes off (before 6 for me) until I crawl into bed (usually between 10-11 at night), so much happens.
I get my older on the school bus while it is still dark.
I read all my social media, blogs, emails, etc – get everything cleaned out.
I spend time in the Word to fuel my mind and soul for everything that will come my way that day.
I sit with my husband for a little bit before he gets ready for work.
I run and errand and play at the park with my little.
We do lunch with the older gets home from preschool.
I work, play, cook, clean during naptime for the younger while the older gets to hang out with me.
The gym comes later in the day as we sing songs while sitting in ATL traffic, play and workout, and have more fun in ATL traffic on the return trip.
I cook dinner (or buy fast food).
I head upstairs to put the kids to bead.
Right now, our bedtime routine, which is usually me because my mister works retail, is still hard, but getting better. Everything in parenting is for a season and I see that more and more. In parenting, things always change – like the weather in Carolina. We brush teeth, change diapers, and sit down to ask some catechism questions, say our Bible verses, and read a story out of whatever book we are reading. Some times this process goes better than others, but you never know.
5 Minute NIghttime Bible Stories from Tommy Nelson has been a really good resource for us. Our boys are 3 and 4. They don’t have long attention spans at that night, but we expect them to sit still and listen. These have been a dose of truth with teaching them Bible stories and encouraging them to pray at the end. We did enjoy the colors and pictures. The stories were more than one page, so the boys could turn the pages. But, it wasn’t too long that they lost interest The authors asked questions to involved the kids in each story (to appeal to different learning styles).
I think it is always a good idea to end the day with learning about Jesus, praying, instilling a restful peaceful truth of the gospel into your children. Sometimes our nights aren’t so peaceful, but we work toward that with much grace!
This post is sponsored by Tommy Nelson and they are giving you a copy! Answer the question – what is one tip you could give to other parents on bedtime routines!
Keep it simple and short. Lay the foundations of bedtime early and enforce the rules. But snuggling is also wonderful.
Have a routine and stick with it. My kids know what is coming (however they will let you know it if you skip something – ha), and I have found they wind down easier when they know what is happening. They also love to get everything ready for me in order.
Even on weekends stick to routine No electronics at least 30 minutes before winding down
Start a routine early on.