The Bewitching Hour

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If You Give A Toddler A Snack {A Ridiculous Bedtime Tale}


Bedtime Fears

Bedtime, that time of day you as a parent have been waiting for. Especially after a long day with little ones. You think they are ready for bed and once those beautiful eyes close, they will fall into a sleepful bliss. Then you hear, "mommy, I'm afraid." And you say in response, "there is nothing to be afraid of - goodnight." ...more

Happy Bubbles: A Positive Routine For Kids Who Struggle With Bedtime

I realized that what she needed was to go to bed with happy, positive thoughts going through her head that would hopefully override the fearful ones. So we started Happy Bubbles. Every night after she was tucked in bed, we would "pop" happy bubbles all over her room. ...more

Just Before Bed ...

It's time for bed.I missed yesterday's post because I was exhausted.Twenty-four hours with six girl scouts of our own and ten others and loads of walking and I broke 16K steps on my Vivofit on Saturday left me crashing and burning on Sunday and so I didn't post.And I could be sad and mopey about it, and I do feel kind of meh that I missed, but I'm also moving along....more

It was the night before Tuesday , a bedtime story

It was the night before Tuesday  and all through the houseEveryone was supposed to be sleepingEven the cats and their toy mouse The pillows were fluffed and the blankets were warmIn the hopes that the SandmanSoon worked his charm The child was cuddled all snug in his bedWith visions of dragons dancing through his headI, in my pajamas, with bliss bar and tea...more


My oldest son's room looks like a bomb went off in it and exploded with toys.  Toy trucks, cars, buses, trains, books, alphabet and building blocks and stuff animals cover almost the entire floor of his room.  When I go into his room, I have to be careful where I step because if I don't, I'll risk tripping over, kicking, stepping on them risking a stumped big toe or a strain ankle or just pain period of the foot reign.  I would come into his room to read him a story and all I see is land mines of toys.  I would have to kick a path through his toys to his bed to sit on it...more

Trustful Parenting Experiment #1: No Bedtime

Bedtime has been an ever-evolving routine in our house. I know some parents who establish a bedtime routine for their kid when he’s six months old and hardly deviate from it for the next few years, but that hasn’t been our experience. From nursing to rocking and singing to no singing to no rocking to snuggling with the lights on to reading books to no more books to snuggling with the lights out… we adapt and do what works....more

Bedtimes for everyone

My bedtime is 10 pm. This is self-imposed, of course. I am a (mostly) fully-functioning adult. And I also recognize that if I don't go to bed at that time, then I will be extra groggy at 5:15 when the cat/alarm/cat alarm wakes me the next morning....more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Sleep is so important and it's wonderful that you have them on such a fixed ...more


Nothing motivates the creation of a poorly-made craft like the prospect of a good night’s sleep.It’s 8:07 p.m., and my kids are eating a bedtime snack. The conversation goes something like this:MOMMY: You have to stay in your own bed tonight, Lily. Daddy is pretty sick with a cold and we can’t have you coming in our bed again.LILY: Well, can you at least put a sleeping bag down on the floor??!?...more