I have no equal in the evening ritual of child rest. How much experience and nerves! But yesterday did not work. Instead of regime 21.00 kids fell asleep at 23.00. Then we almost didn’t sleep in school, the little ones didn’t sleep either, and all because my mother was too carried away with reading evening tales. But how to fall asleep without my mother’s stories?
Why children do not sleep
The problem of sleep, in my opinion, appeared with the dawn of civilization. Stress, parental quarrels, ecology, nutrition – these are the main factors affecting how hard and long your baby sleeps, how fast it falls asleep.
Who in the cave was thinking about how to put the baby to sleep? And who after fieldwork, pots and cows in the century, for example, 18 thought that his child needed a special way of falling asleep? People had other priorities, values. The system of supply, saturation, enrichment and survival worked. But the issues of child education, development and moral aspects were inherent only to the upper class.
What about today? Mammoth can not score, you can buy it. So, more time a mother can devote to her child, and he uses it. It requires more attention, care, more naughty and brings mom to a nervous breakdown.
To one of these ways of bullying my mother, I would attribute sleep to sleep.
Today my children are 5, 7, 9 years old, and I still have to put them to bed, tell fairy tales, invent new stories and sing lullabies. Sometimes this set drives me mad and I have to invent new ways of falling asleep with the least amount of nerve costs.
For myself, I singled out several best ways put children to sleep:
1. Exit and close the door. This way is beautiful on the weekend. As soon as I go out to another room and close the door behind me, the night of horror stories begins. My thoughtful children begin to tell scary stories, depict ghosts and, at least, still fool around for an hour. Then they fall asleep satisfied and happy with a sense of accomplishment.
2. A way to have a nice neighborhood on a pillow. This method is good when I need children to quickly put to bed. A couple of gentle words, light pressure, and noses sniffle.
3. Ritual dreams. Such a setting is interesting because children know in advance what follows. For example, on Sunday, when in the evening I prepare older children for school. They know that they need to swim, cool down, watch cartoons and at 21.15 – hang up. Children do not resist and the evening ends on a beautiful note of universal snuffling.
4. Promises. I especially do not like this way, but if the children are too excited or active, and I need to put them to bed, I promise a lot. The main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise you will have to fulfill all the promises!
These are the main ways that I use during the evening ritual of laying kids. But there are still other days, other evenings, when Morpheus inadvertently descends, and I don’t have to make any special effort.
How do you put your kids to bed? Do you have any secrets?