Everyone knows babies and toddlers do best with bedtime routines. But what about bedtime routines for adults, teenagers, and children? Corral the chaos by working as a family to set bedtime routines.
Can a Bedtime Routine Help Parents?
When I girls were little, I thought bedtime routines were for babies. It turns out, people of all ages can benefit from a bedtime routine. Why? Because routines help us learn to do things automatically and free up brain space for other things. You know, the way you can drive to the grocery store on autopilot and referee the kids in the backseat without missing a turn.
Establishing a bedtime routine for yourself and your family (make sure you get them involved, too) will allow everyone to start the next day feeling calm and collected. The polar opposite of overwhelmed. Sure, unexpected things might happen (hello, alarm clock I forgot to set), but for the most part, an established bedtime routine helps us start the next day off feeling confident and ready to face the world.
Today’s episode has five hacks for helping you establish a bedtime routine–and the burden doesn’t have to fall entirely on your shoulders. Bedtime routines benefit everyone in the family, so everyone should get involved. You’ll also discover you have more time to spend with your spouse. Which strengthens your marriage and creates a stable home environment. Win-win all around!
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