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Monday, July 11, 2011

Battling the Bedtime Blues

Consistency and routine - those are my tips for battling the bedtime blues.

I know that my children use bedtime as leverage and it is something which they are determined to rule supreme. The power struggle which is bedtime has been something which I've lost on several occasions, yet, I've had a few victories as well over the years. If I have any hope of winning, bedtime must revolve around what is familiar.

Even now in the summer, while the sun is still high in the sky, we try to keep our regular routines. We put dark coloured blankets over the window blinds to try to darken the room to get the kids in the mood for sleep. Starting our night routine early is also key in our home, if we are rushing or starting later than normal, I already know that the road is going to be bumpy.

Once we get past wandering out after they are tucked in for drinks, bathroom breaks, kiss and a hug, as well as something they forgot to mention during the day, my kids drift off to sleep fairly quickly. Yet, sleep is not something which is easy at our home. My kids live with various degrees of what we call 'oggity boggity'. My kids tend to have night terrors, where they can cry, scream, laugh, and physically become destructive. They never remember anything in the morning and most times what they say and do in their sleep doesn't make any sense. We are so used to them, that it isn't a big deal in our home. But, we must remember to let people know if the kids are sleeping away from home, as it can become rather scary for people who aren't used to it.

I have often wondered what causes these night disturbances, and what they mean. Maybe you have questions about sleep routines and sleep, as well. I have found a great resource at Disney Junior. While Disney Junior is full of lots of fun activities for the kiddlets, maybe you weren't aware that there is a great resource section for parents as well. Dr. Nicky Cohen has joined the team and is contributing an exclusive Disney Junior bedtime focused article called Summer Sleep. If you have a question for Dr. Cohen be sure to follow Disney Junior on facebook for your opportunity to ask the doc. I can't wait to read the questions and learn from the answer which to doctor gives, I am sure that this will be a great chance for learning for us all.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Disney Junior Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


blueviolet said...

I was always kinda glad when August came around and the night fell earlier again. It's tough to get them to sleep when it seems like the day is still happening outside!

Randi Troxell said...

sounds awesome!
maybe they'll be able to answer some questions for you!