Bedtime Part II
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.
10/6/2016 09:17:04 am
Fantastic ideas. I'm especially interested in the 5 minute game.
10/6/2016 09:18:58 am
Many good ideas. It really comes down to being on top of things. Some parents just don't have it.
10/6/2016 02:14:20 pm
I must admit that I love these emails. Such great ideas!
10/6/2016 02:15:12 pm
Many great ideas...cuddeling is so important. Not all kids appreciate it.
10/6/2016 03:45:27 pm
Thank you for some great ideas. I love the idea of music...however, isn't it against Halacha?
10/6/2016 06:15:23 pm
I agree with so many of these pointers. I would suggest parents print these up to keep with them.
10/6/2016 06:20:10 pm
I love these articles. Great Stuff!
10/6/2016 08:46:00 pm
You are correct about many things, especially the battle part. If you're having a battle for anything as a parent, you're doing it wrong.
10/6/2016 11:51:56 pm
This is a great topic to discuss. Bedtime has never been easy for us and you've put together some great advice!
10/7/2016 07:04:14 am
When we were younger, our parents were alternate putting us to bed with a long story that continued from night to night. It made bedtime so much fun.
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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.