Raising Six Children gives me more chances then most people to get some things right !
I am still trying on Bedtime !!!
7:30pm 4 and 6 year old in bed lights out
8:30pm 8 and 9 old in bed reading, (9pm lights out)
9:30pm 12 and 14th year old in bed unless watching a show which ends at 10pm
Heres some tips!
I have found that as long as I get the very youngest to bed on time, the rest of the kids fall into place better. Its when the very youngest are not settled in bed properly, when they keep getting up, when they make you say
"Get back in BED." over and over again, it when it falls apart for everyone.
But when the youngest are in bed, and read to, and spoken with, and listened to, and they have their drink besides their bed and are getting their hugs and kisses and allow you to leave the room......and they are settled.
Then, is the best time to reach out to the older children. Not just to remind them of the night time routines, but to connect with them.
It seems there is energy that travels through everyones house and when the energy of the youngest children is asleep, there is more room for the older ones !
Listen, Love and kiss them goodnight always !