Last week we asked you for some input regarding the bedtime battle and Baruch Hashem, you really came through. I received over 50 emails and picked up some fantastic suggestions. (I also learned that there are some parents that need help in more ways than one). To those of you who shared your ideas, thank you!
Let’s begin by reiterating what we discussed last week. The most important tools for bedtime are consistency and structure. Once your children understand that there is a schedule, it’ll be much easier to get them into bed. We’re talking all ages here, from toddlers through pre-teenagers.
Basically, you want to have a routine for bedtime that is rarely changed. For example, you could have your 1st grader take a shower at 6:45, be in bed with teeth brushed at 7:00, and lights out at 7:15. If you have younger kids, you might prefer to start their routine earlier, and older ones later. The goal is, your children should understand what they are expected to do, and when they need to do it.
However, I would like to share some tips with you. As always, some of these tips might work great, others, not so much.
Wishing you all a good Shabbos, and an easy fast.
Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a Rebbe and has been working with parents and kids for many years. You can read more about him in the "about" section.