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"In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8
Q: What can be done to prevent bedtime from becoming a zoo?
A: Bedtime can be a real hassle with smaller children.
Make sure to have a firm routine that both you and your husband stick to. Make a plan that your children know and can understand such as always tidying up their room, putting on pajamas, going potty, giving mommy and daddy a hug, singing a song in bed, praying, having a certain blanket, using a nightlight and/or fan, etc. This will eliminate confusion for your children and they will always know what to expect.
If bedtime is a struggle in your home, start a routine and be firmly consistent. Do not allow whining, begging, fussing in bed, calling for you, asking for “one more drink” etc. And if the child throws a fit or gets out of bed without permission because of not wanting to go to bed, that calls for disciplinary action. Stick with this faithfully each night and before long you’ll notice that bedtime is a peaceful, routine part of the day for your whole family.
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About the Author: Christa Bartsch is a stay-at-home mom who lives in the Midwest. She has led seminar workshops for women on marriage and parenting. She has been happily married for twenty years and is the mother of five children.
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