There are a few moments throughout each day that seem to be triggers for tantrums in our home and maybe its the same in yours too. Trying to get my kids up and out the door in the morning, settling down after school is over, and struggling to get the kids ready for bed are all times when it seems my patience runs thin and their attitudes take a nosedive. If I’m not careful, the positive vibe I like to keep going in our home can be gone in a matter of seconds. I’ve figured out a system that takes the contention out of our nights, so today I thought you might like to know how we do bedtime without the fight.
First up: set clear expectations of what needs to be done every night. When children know what to expect and what is coming next, it takes at least some of the tension out of their little bodies. Routine is the key to success!
Just like we have morning routine checklists in our home, I’ve also created a bedtime version. Laminate these bad boys after you’ve printed them out and use a whiteboard marker to check off completed tasks to save you lots of paper!
Download Here: Bedtime Routine Checklist
After polling some of you on my Facebook page, I realized that there are way too many options for what y’all do for bedtime so the ones I’m sharing here with you are blank. I’ve filled ours in with the tasks that I want my kids to complete, but you’ll add in what works best for your family.
The second key step to avoiding the fight is setting a timer. I’ve actually got two timers set on my phone: one for when its time to start getting ready for bed and one for when they need to be completely finished with their checklist. Each of my kids knows how much time they have to get everything done before they even start so once again, I’m eliminating any surprises.
The last thing that is crucial to making this work is putting a reward system in place. Now, I’m not saying you need to load your kid up with treats or buy them gifts to get their checklist done on time. It could be something as easy as reading a second book if they’re ready on time. Find something that motivates your kiddos and make that the reward!
Before I sign off for today, I just want to address kidlets that don’t like to stay in their bed once its lights out. For us, we’ve used our Clip Chart to help combat that issue. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check it out HERE.) For each time our kids come out of their room that isn’t an emergency (ex: a legit sickness or nightmare), they clip down. They lose privileges as they clip down and my kids hate that! Problem solved.
So there you have it: our easy system to getting our kids to bed without the fight!
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