Parents often read how important it is for children to have a clearly established bedtime routine. Expert after expert recommends it for kids of all ages, but especially at the elementary school age. But while parents know it's a good thing, they may not be so sure why it's important and how to get one established.
There are many reasons why having a consistent bedtime routine is good for children. For starters, children thrive on routine and knowing what to expect. With a routine in place, they are also more likely to get the proper amount of sleep each night, which is necessary for optimal health and wellness. Having a bedtime routine also helps children prepare for going to bed. It's a much smoother experience if they follow a routine, rather than the parent simply announcing that it's time for bed, with a child not knowing what to expect.
Bedtime routines vary from child to child, as everyone is different and has different preferences. Here are a few things you may want to consider as you create a nightly bedtime routine:
What you do in your children's nightly bedtime routine is not nearly as important as simply having one to begin with. The children will begin to rely on it as a way to help ease them into bed. It will also help them become consistently good sleepers, which will be good for their bodies, as well as their minds. A good bedtime routine is easy to start, and an important part of childhood. The most important thing, however, is to be consistent, so that children will know what to expect.