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Bedtime Routine

Back-to-School Essential

Brook Packard | Posted 08.25.2016 | Parents
Brook Packard

Back-to-school is officially a "season." Depending on where you live in the United States, it starts in early August and ends around the third week of September.

The Sweet Dance Of Bedtime

Heather Dixon | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Heather Dixon

My daughters are 6, 4 and 2-years-old. Bedtime is the antithesis of all of their little hopes and desires. And, due to my reliance on bad habits to get through the early stages of motherhood, only the third child has grasped the concept of going to sleep on her own. (I know, I know...)

Why It Takes Forever To Get Ready For Bed As You Age

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.25.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Having turned 70, I know I am officially old. Granted, aging has slowed me down a bit. I walk slower, take longer to remember things, and have a harder time getting up from the floor when I play with my grandkids. But going to bed? Why has that become such a long process?

Parenting Priority: Bedtime

Brook Packard | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Brook Packard

You might question why bedtime is the parenting priority. Bedtime as a parenting priority doesn't appear to follow commonly-held beliefs such as enco...

Obama's Quiet Time May Be His Greatest Strength

The Huffington Post | Sarah Digiulio | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama gets it when it comes to health, wellness and balance. He works out daily (alternating weights and cardio). His favorite food i...

Count Your Blessings

Brook Packard | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Brook Packard

In honor of Father's Day, this post was going to be a collection of memories about how my dad had an impact on my bedtime ritual. It was huge -- for one thing, he got me to stop sucking my thumb by telling me I would end up looking like Bugs Bunny. I trusted him because he said I could keep my blankie -- just don't suck my thumb.

Coloring: Fad vs. Function

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

While there is truth that coloring is an enjoyable and focused activity that can make excellent use of your time, the benefits that it gives you cannot be underemphasized.

A Full Moon Can Disrupt Your Family's Sleep Patterns -- Here Are Simple Strategies That Can Help

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Prueher

Be aware that a full moon may affect your and your children's sleep and mood. Knowing this can help you understand if your child acts out during the corresponding daytime. Sticking with healthy sleep and nutrition routines can help minimize the effects of the lunar cycle.

A Night Alarm: Hey You, Go to Bed!

Sarah Caroline Bell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Caroline Bell

One great thing about owning a smartphone is having the ability to have multiple alarms set on any given day. Most people have alarms to wake themselves up in the morning, but do people use alarms to alert them to report to bed?

Toddler Bedtime Battles - It's Evolutionary

Brook Packard | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Brook Packard

During a get-together with some moms the other day, we started talking about Toddler Battles. The discussion started with the potty training skirmishe...

Spare Change

Brook Packard | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Brook Packard

When in fact, mental flexibility is a cornerstone of progress. We adjust to our challenges and re-strategize to solve problems. Isn't true education about eliciting a change of mind? A flexible mind is something to which we should all aspire.

We Love These 10 Tips For Grandparents Taking Grandkids On Vacation

Posted 04.19.2016 | Fifty

Maybe you've agreed to watch them during a coming school break, or maybe you're simply in the mood for extra-special quality time together. Either way, you find yourself thinking about taking a vacation with your grandkids -- without their parents (you know, your own kids?) -- and suddenly your next thought is, Can I handle that?

How Improvising Fatherhood Made Me A Better Dad

Nate B. Smith | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Nate B. Smith

A very important part of improv is listening. I was reminded of this a while ago when my second child was only two years old. He was being fussy while I was changing his diaper. I asked him, “Is it hard being a little kid sometimes?” He said, “Yeah.” I asked, “What’s hard about being a little kid?” What he said stopped me in my tracks.

What You Can Learn From Bedtime Routines of Sleep Experts

Rosie Osmun | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

What you do in the hours before bed and when you do it can have an effect on how easy it is to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. It's often mentioned that adopting a consistent evening routine can help with insomnia, and research finds that certain habits like a warm bath and reducing screen time correlate with quality sleep.

Set Yourself Up For Sleep Success With These Tips

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the p...

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Judy Frankel

Nothing is quite like a good night's sleep. For the past 30 years, I have been collecting strategies for dozing off into the abyss.

The 7 Causes Of Sleep Procrastination

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

The next time you find yourself delaying going to bed, think about whether these physical, mental, or emotional barriers could be keeping you up. Then experiment until you find the solution that works for you.

Optimize Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Rosie Osmun | Posted 11.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

We've put together nine of the best ways you can enhance your space for sleep according to leading sleep hygiene experts and recent studies. Read on to learn what environmental changes can have the biggest impact on rest.

5 Signs You're Sleeping All Wrong

Thrillist | Posted 10.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Thrillist

By: Marina Komarovsky Credit: Shuttershock When you've had a night of really bad sleep, or just too little sleep, you know it. But sometimes t...

Why I Still Put My 8-Year-Old to Bed at Night

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 10.21.2016 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

As mothers, sometimes we indulge our children even when we know it's not quite the proper thing to do. We all have our secret "thing" that we're usually too embarrassed to admit to others, and it's almost always based in love, though perhaps at times a complicated version of it.

The Wilson Elementary Bedtime Chart: A Parent's Perspective

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 09.04.2016 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

Now, I'm a Virgo and love me a good spreadsheet, so when I first looked at this meme, I thought "Wow, that's PERFECT! Every age and time is laid out so easily that I can pinpoint to the minute what is the best time for my child!"

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.23.2016 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could become...

Tips for Parents: Getting Kids to Sleep

Sarah Kupferschmidt | Posted 06.23.2016 | Parents
Sarah Kupferschmidt

According to sleep experts a 7-12 year old should be getting approximately 10-11 hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately there are many children, and even more children with autism, that are simply not getting anywhere near enough sleep.

Children Find Ways to Connect With Older Loved Ones Through Storytelling

Jamison Gosselin | Posted 06.19.2016 | Parents
Jamison Gosselin

When kids connect with people from different generations, amazing things happen. Ageism among children declines. Seniors are happier and more fulfilled. Individuals in both age groups build long-lasting friendships.

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.