We’re strict about bedtime in our house.
At 8 o’ clock every evening I change one year old Wade into his PJs and lay him in his crib.
Five year old David is sent to use the bathroom one more time, brush his teeth and change into his PJs. If David doesn’t get distracted, as five year old boys are apt to do, and he’s ready quickly, I read a story to him. Then Dad comes in and we all pray together, and we sing to David.
The goal is lights out by 8:30. David is really good at delaying that. Some nights it’s 8:45. If it goes past 9, Mommie starts to get really grouchy.
I believe that a regular bedtime routine and schedule is an important part of helping children sleep well. Going through the same motions every night winds them down after a long day. Doing it at the same time every night sets their internal clock so that they’re ready for sleep.
A good night’s sleep is important for both developing brains, and growing bodies.
I wish I could tell you that my children’s well being is the noble cause behind my bedtime autocracy.
Really it’s kinda more about my well-being.
I need those two or three hours every night after they go to bed. Hours free from children to read, blog, watch TV, have uninterrupted grown-up conversations with my husband. It’s the only part of the day when I don’t have to wipe someone’s rear end, get someone some milk or clean up someone’s mess.
There are some days that the only thing that gets me through the day is looking forward to 8:30 p.m.
So do you strictly enforce bedtime at your house? Why or why not?