Young children are creatures of habit. They love routine and want everything to be predictable. Anything from a party that run past (or right up to) bedtime, to a holiday, to traveling can disrupt a kid’s routine and throw them into a tailspin. And kids that are out of sorts are much more likely to have temper tantrums and meltdowns – something we’d all like
Play is such a vital part of childhood (and adulthood, but that’s a story for another day). I’ve talked to so many moms who say that playing with their kids does not come naturally. In all honestly, I used to be fairly good at it but as life has gotten busier it’s one of the things that I’ve let slide so I’m trying to reclaim it.
I’ve seen firsthand how important playtime with a parent can be. It’s a great chance to get to know your child, find out what is important to them, and discus anything that is bothering them in a relaxed way. But more than that, playtime is a great way to create memories that your kids will take with them into adulthood. They’ll look back on those moments and think, “hey, my mom really loves me”.
Bedtime has been a big challenge at my house for the past few years. My My 3 year old daughter has made it her life’s mission to see just how long she can drag out bedtime every night. It’s partially the age, and I know that. I’ve watched my 3 older boys go through the same thing. She’s just more persistent than most and is that master at stalling so I was excited when Sleep Number asked me to share some of my tips to #StoptheStall.
Bedtime is not my favorite time of the day. That quiet time AFTER kids go to bed . . . that I like, but bedtime itself can be challenging at my house.
We are having a messy room problem at my house lately. My kids just don’t seem motivated to keep their things picked up. The usual chore list/nagging/bribery wasn’t working so I thought I’d come up with a visual way for kids to keep track of whether their bedroom was clean or messy with this free printable clean/messy room sign!