Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Good Night's Sleep for Parent and Child

We have a pretty good routine at home when it comes to getting Sarah ready go to sleep at night. And, routines are definitely a must for kids, especially little ones as it helps them to better understand when we ask them to do something and are prepared for what sometimes they don't often like to do.

After a long day from work followed by playtime with Sarah and then chores including getting her ready for bed and her things ready for the next day, I find it funny that on the nights when I read to Sarah and put her to bed every time we read a part of a book and a character says they are sleepy or has to yawn, I automatically start to yawn. Right then and there I just want to go to sleep.

I love to read. It's a great passion of mine. Sometimes I don't always get to do it because I get tired so quickly. But, I really can see how at night a good book is a great way to wind down from the day before going to sleep. Too bad none of the characters I am reading about are sleeping. Sometimes a book is so good I can't put it down.

Parent lesson: even adults need to get more sleep and stop staying up too late to be our best not just for us and our health but to also be alert and ready for our incredibly active kids.

Here's to a good night sleep. Good night!

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