• Leah Soldner

BYE BYE BEDTIME BLUES

Ah, it's Bedtime.




Beloved by most parents, bawling grounds for many a child.


At DK Schoolhouse, children follow an active schedule involving physical activities interspersed with seatwork. Having an adequate night’s sleep and, depended on the age, a midday nap can help to significantly improve your child’s home routine. Not only that, but you’ll also find the increased energy levels will help their body to adjust to a more regular sleeping pattern. Bonus: Early to bed, early to rise.

Most studies point towards the need for children to get a minimum of 8 - 13 hours a day between the ages of 18 months – 10 years old. "How nice" you think "If my child understood the concept of sleeping for such a long period."

Read on to see our top hacks for beating the bedtime blues.



 
5 Tips For Beating Bedtime Blues

WIND DOWN

Like most adults, children need a calm, quiet space to sleep. Make sure that your child is in a dimly lit, calm environment and with the right temperature. And of course, don’t forget those before-bed bathroom runs!


Establishing a bedtime routine can be especially helpful when your child is going through a tough time” explains Your Modern Family; Consider making a list of bedtime tasks that you can walk through together like


- Tidying up the living room and making sure all toys are put away.

- Selecting their own pajamas for the night

- Preparing their clothes and school belongings for the next day.

- Helping turn down the bed.

- Selecting their bedtime story.



NO PHONE ZONE




LED (blue light) is harsh on the eyes and caus

 

es difficulty in sleeping, especially in children. Children watching or gaming right up until bedtime will usually have trouble winding down. It may seem like the easy solution to helping your child get to bed, but prolonged screen usage is damaging for your childs vision, sleep patterns and concentration.


BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS




We advocate early literacy in young children, recommending at least 20 minutes of reading a day. Let your child pick the book for the evening and spend time reading the story, pointing out different opportunities for learning and creating a unique bonding moment. Ask questions along the way and, as your child gets older, have them help you read portions of the story as well.


Even if it’s the same story every day for months at a time, storytime is still an excellent way to end the day. Repetition and anticipation are important to children to help them learn and understand a story. Bring the story to life for your child by adding sound effects and stuffed animal characters, or make up a story starring your child, friends and school.