5 Tips for Successful Bedtimes!

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
December 9, 2009

I treasure bedtime in my house, because it’s when I can enjoy peace and quiet and spend time with my husband.  It is my lunch for the day – lol!  We have a bedtime for our kids, but lately have struggled maintaining it.  If dinner is later than planned, then bedtime always follows the same way.  So, here are 5 tips I’ve used to get my kids to bed and keep them in bed.

1 – Give them a bubble bath (lavender scent helps a ton).  Dry them off and put their pjs on.

2 – Have evening prayers with them.  We have family scripture study, prayers, and then give compliments.  Each child has his own day (or days since we have 3 kids).  We all go around and give that child a compliment.  Sundays are compliments for mommy and daddy.

3 – Set a bed “time.”  Stick by that time.  Encourage your spouse (and vice versa) to keep that bed “time” for the kids.

4 – Read a bedtime story to your kids.  Kids love to be read to.  Find a favorite book and read to them before lights out. 

5 – Give them hugs and kisses and tuck them into bed.  If they get out of bed, repeat putting them in bed.  They’ll get the hang of it.

For more tips on successful bedtime routines, visit Drama U!  I posted this as part of a tour for TwitterMoms.  All opinions are my own.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

13 Responses to “5 Tips for Successful Bedtimes!”

  1. Natalie A. says:

    These are some great steps to bedtime!

  2. Brittany says:

    I really like the idea of giving compliments, your kids must go to bed so happy.

  3. Lynn Matthews says:

    some great ideas and thank you!

  4. Tamara B. says:

    I like the wonderful tips and have used most of them.

  5. Dezi Allen says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE the “give compliments”!! What a great way to end the day! I am for sure starting that with my family.

  6. Cathy says:

    Ditto on the compliments! Maybe I’ll try it tonight!

  7. fancygrlnancy says:

    We usually have a wonderful bedtime and it goes so smooth. Similar to yours… bath, pj’s, book, kisses, and bed. But the last couple days have been rough. Tonight I had to let him cry a bit, but lucky it only last like 6 or 7 min.

  8. Wonderful tips. You should write a book!

  9. I love the give compliments idea! I’ll have to start doing that!

  10. Honey Mommy says:

    Great tips! We love to read stories at bedtime to wind down!

  11. Deb K says:

    Great Tips~I am passing these on to my daughter~Thanks!

  12. lily says:

    i am definetly going to try the lavender tip for my little one

  13. Kayla says:

    Aw, those are all so sweet! I don’t know why, but that list made me nostalgic. Lol

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