How do you get your little ones to unwind at night?

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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:31:07 PM
My kids are so hyper in the evening sometimes and I am looking for new ways to get them to unwind at night. Any suggestions? ages 10, 6, and 2


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:38:06 PM
Mine are all about the same age as yours- 10,6, and 3. I don't let my kids have sweets after 6:30, and the entire hour before bed is spent in their rooms. They are allowed to play quietly or read. Sometimes, they come together and get one another all riled up, so I go in and stop/redirect them. Occasionally, I'll let them watch a movie together, but I keep the room darkened, and make sure it's not a movie that will get them too excited.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:32:07 PM
No food after 6 pm.

no playing or rough housing after 7, because they had an 8 pm bedtime.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:35:15 PM

No food after 6pm.

All I can think when I read this is they must be Mogwais who you don't want to turn into Gremlins!

Finn is a but younger but we have a reliable bedtime pattern that we follow each night that's probably 25 minutes long and he goes down with no fuss.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:52:55 PM
I find that a nice warm bath really helps to get my youngest ready for bed. On nights that she doesn't get a bath, she takes forever to get settled down.

Hee, hee....I love the Gremlins reference!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:11:05 AM
No screen time 60-90 minutes before you want them to go to bed because the light and sound are overstimulating. If you really want to let them, turn down the brightness on the screen and lower the volume.

Create routines and stick to them. Bath time, pajamas, low lighting, soft music or quiet time, read a story, lights out.

No sugar, soda, etc.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:27:54 AM
Mine are 13, 9, and 4.

The 13 yr old seems to always be tired (and he isn't running around all evening like the other 2 are!) so he doesn't have a problem with getting to bed and to sleep.

My 9 and 4 year old both do baths after we have dinner. We usually start bath time around 630 and they alternate who goes first. While the other one is in the bath tub we do 'calm' activities...a puzzle, a book, color, just sit and talk, etc.

Once everyone is done with bath time we double check to make sure stuff is ready to go the next morning and then sit down and watch a half hour of television.

My older 2 then get in bed and will read or talk quietly (they share a room), and I get 4 yr old tucked in to bed and read him a story or we will rock and talk for a bit.

I then go to the older boys' room and get them settled and get them tucked in.

Sometimes the 9 year old will come do story time with me and the 4 year old and sometimes he will not.

Also, all of my kids are good sleepers and will generally fall right asleep.

Of course, this is the ideal and 'perfect' night at my house and there are nights that things don't go as planned, but this generally works for us.

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