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Bedtime Routine

The Importance of Not Parenting Perfectly

Mary Hickey | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

I've realized that although structure and discipline are paramount in child rearing, the switch-ups, surprises and spontaneous surrenders are where the magic happens.

7 Things Good Mothers Do That I'm Not Going To Do Anymore

The Mid | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
The Mid

I'd rather have a slightly dirty house than be a servant, and eventually they'll learn that small daily efforts are better for housekeeping than quarterly fumigations.

10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Though the reasons for poor sleep vary, many parents worry that media and technology interfere with bedtime routines and sleep.

The Dichotomy of Kids' Bedtimes

Jennifer Craven | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Craven

In my household, sleep = happiness. So for now, I'll take well-rested kids over a social life. They don't know that there are kids still outside playing, all of the good shows on TV have yet to come on or that we decline lots of evening activities.

Of Products, Perfection and the Process of Parenting

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

How many times during my children's lives have I been so focused on some sort of end product that I missed out on the process of arriving there?

9 Ways to Take Charge of Bedtime Fears

Tamar Chansky | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

Even if your child's fears seem unreasonable to you, you can help them feel more safe -- emotionally safe -- by not challenging the fact that they are afraid.

Before Bedtime Requests End, I Hope I Hear Them

Amanda Magee | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

The other night I was looking through my iPhoto library and was sobered by the absence of photos of Briar. What happened? There's Ave, there's Fin, there's another selfie. Do I not see her? Are pictures of her not as easily sharable and framable and, "Look, we're happy. Life is easy!" Maybe it's that she's getting older and I am being more restrained out of respect?

25 Complaints My Son Will Share With His Future Therapist

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

For years, Elmo was a furry guy who existed only on T-shirts. When you finally saw him walk and talk, you practically sh*t yourself.

Dad's Ultimate Bedtime Routine

Chris B. Miller | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Chris B. Miller

Make them the best sundae they've ever had. Start with warm donuts, topped with ice cream, topped that with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and crushed candy. Wash this all down with some soda (with caffeine if you really want to mix it up). That was dinner.

The Ultimate Bedtime Routine for Young Children

Michelle Howell Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Michelle Howell Miller

Want more sleep for everyone in the house, along with a peaceful bedtime experience? Find the bedtime routine that works best for your family, keep it as consistent as possible and make sure all of your family members understand why sleep is so important.

This Is What 7 P.M. Looks Like For Parents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is no singular parenting experience. From single moms and dads to stay-at-home or work-from-home parents, th...

One Step To Make Back-to-School Easier

Bernadette Noll | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

I know we're only in week one of school, and I have been known to wane on resolutions in the past, but I think this one's a keeper.

This Is The Ultimate Bedtime Routine For Better Sleep

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 08.14.2014 | Healthy Living

A bedtime routine might sound like something that's only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the ...

One More Hug!

Alisa Schindler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I pet his head and kiss him again, knowing it's time to go, wanting to go, but afraid of the day he'll just let me, so we cling to each other a little more.

The 10 Healthiest Things You Can Do In Bed

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Bob Barnett | Posted 08.04.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Wherever you live, you have an amazing piece of spa equipment that you can use to stretch, relax, calm your mind, and...

5 Steps To Set Yourself Up For Better Sleep

Linden Schaffer | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

Sure, you know you should be sleeping more hours. That's an easy one. But have you ever stopped to consider that maybe the six hours of sleep you are getting aren't necessarily restful?

The Glass May Be Half Empty, But Growth Is Constant

Risa Sugarman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

I have grown, blossomed, changed in so many ways as a result of my treatment that my husband and daughter will be getting a better wife and mommy... in fact, they already are seeing pieces of that.

Bedtime Chores

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

First, I have to take my pills: one for blood pressure, fish oil that makes me burp like a mackerel-eating porpoise, and my chromium. It helps stabilize my blood sugar so I don't get diabetes. Great. Then I go pee.

3 Ways To Build A Better Bedtime Routine

meQuilibrium | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Sleep is proven to be a magic elixir that can prevent all manner of physical, mental, and emotional maladies -- and even arm you with more momentum and mental acuity during your waking hours. So what really happens when you don't get to bed?

The Miracle of Putting Co-Sleeping to Bed Thanks to Gabrielle Bernstein's Miracles Now

Christine Bronstein | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Christine Bronstein

My husband and I deserve to lounge in our room alone. We are a happier family when my husband and I do not have to sneak around for sex (thank god for our bathrooms and closets!)

Dear Family Whisperer: Help for the Culturally Challenged

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Families need to be with other families. A night out lets you enjoy adult interaction and allows your son to mix it up with kids his own age in a context outside of school.

Make a Bedtime Plan: 8 Tips to Get Your Children to Bed With Brain Science

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Bedtime is my most cherished and trying time of day. I love cuddling in a chair with my kids and reading that extra chapter. But the bedtime period is tough, not just because I'm exhausted, but because I know that creeping bedtimes directly impact the health and development of my growing children.

How to Manufacture the Best Night of Sleep in Your Life

Mark Sisson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Sisson

Ah, sleep: is there anything quite like it? So easily discarded and discounted when nighttime attractions present themselves and yet so dearly missed and pined after the next morning. So how do you get one? What would a day of optimal sleep promotion look like?

A Promise 20 Years Later With the Launch of The Sleepy Star

Adrienne Austermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | Books
Adrienne Austermann

Inspired by a school assignment, I wrote my daughter a story. A short, sweet, rhyming bedtime tale about dreams and adventure. It was our evening closure. Although she would have never remembered, or held me to it, I promised I would make that story into a book.

Consistency May Be the 'Secret Sauce'

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

New data on sleep patterns for young children suggests that getting your children to bed at the same time each night is critical.