One of the big adjustments that comes with going from one to four children is the change in the bedtime routine. Before we had an hour for mama and daughter time, to bathe, play board games, read, and cuddle in bed together.
Even with the occasional nightly meltdowns, our routine was a time of peace and connecting with each other.
Add three more lively kids and bedtime has become baths, running, pajamas, running, reading (with lots of interruptions), tucking into bed, some protests, and lots of bouncing back and forth to check on all the kids. And right now, it's impossible to do alone so hubby and I split up duties each taking two kids, and still there's more of a party vibe than a serene bedtime routine.
I know we'll get there, and it takes time. It won't be the same routine as with one child, but I hope we settle into a new nighttime ritual that is less exciting and more soothing.
I won't have an hour to devote to each child, but we'll try to carve out some time at the end of the night to connect for one on one time.
These posts from last week's Sunday Parenting Party resonated with me since they were about bedtime rituals and show that it's really the simple things that make routines work for families.
A nightly routine chart and candle helps Happy Whimsical Hearts create peace with her kids at the end of the day.
Snuggling with her baby brings relief at the end of a long day for Twodaloo.
Counting to ten is a tool Taming the Goblin uses to transition to bedtime.
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