parent by design:
day 12: read it and sleep
Part 2 of our night-time routine is simple but important.
Our night-time routine consists of three parts, two of which we detail here.
It's pretty simple, but no less important for it's simplicity:
- 1READ: the kids read a book, preferably fiction, for 15 minutes.
- 2SLEEP: the kids get to sleep as early as possible.
Reading fiction is such a brilliant activity, but it can get lost in the noise of after school activities, homework, and the attraction of screens; which is why we schedule it each day.
The benefits to reading fiction are numerous, here are some of our favourite reasons:
how we do it
Mostly our kids get in bed and read a book, but we also like to mix it up a little.
Research shows that audio books can actually be more beneficial as they free the visual part of the mind used for reading and allow it to to dedicate itself purely to imagining what is happening in the story.
There are some great free audio resources out there, which we list below:
Kids hate going to be early but, on a school night we send our little treasures to bed as early as we can without having a mutiny on our hands.
We do this because:
In short, put them to bed as early as you can, the moans and groans are worth it!