3 tips for A+ January success

Winter break is quickly approaching its final days. With the kids out of school for the past couple of weeks, your days have likely been anything but ordinary and routine.  Between the excitement of new gifts, an endless sugar supply, and late night bedtimes, you and your family are almost certainly a bit out of sorts....more

Bedtime: A Drama Performed in Three Acts

Act 1: In which my son gets clean ...more
With our first son, we had an extensive bedtime routine that involved rocking him to sleep every ...more

Tips for Making Bedtime Easier

Last week, I offered tips for making after school easier; the week before I offered tips for making the m...more

Fall Asleep, Love

---Must a little weep, Love,(Foolish me!)And so fall asleep, Love,Loved by thee."A Woman's Last Word", by Robert BrowningThere is only one thing worse that an overtired little kid.  An overtired little kid, his overtired brother and their overtired mom, all trying to make it to bedtime without losing their s#!t completely.  It really is just a matter of time and I am certain about one thing.  This. Will.  Suck....more
I am so glad you wrote this.  Personally, I need to remember this otherwise I will go crazy and ...more

A Baby's Prayer

Son #2 is learning to pray before he goes to bed.  Last night, we read from a devotional book as the boys ate berry cobbler at the kitchen table.  After worship, my husband prayed.  Then, he asked Son #2 if he wanted to say his prayer.  Son #2 babbled and smiled. Our boys closed their eyes and folded their hands as I began.  "Dear..." Son #2 repeated.  "Dearw..." "Jesus"  I continued. "Ee...u"  Son #2 said. "Thank you..."  I stated. "Ta...tu"  Son #2 chirped. ...more

Operation “Be a Better Mommy”

When I used to work full time, I had less than 2 hours each day to spend with my kids before bed. Between cooking dinner, clearing up the day’s wreckage, and prepping for tomorrow, there wasn’t much opportunity for finding out how everyone’s day went. So, as I tucked each girl in at night, I’d ask “What was your favorite part of the day today?” More often than not, the response I got back was “Having fun with Vicki.” Vicki was our babysitter, so the answer was bittersweet. ...more

My Children Have All They Need, Plus Me

All they need is my connection, and my support, and they do everything else happily on their own. This post is part of BlogHer's My "I'm a Mom Moment" editorial series made possible by 7th Generation. ...more

Cherishing the Cacophony (and Mess) of Bedtime Rituals

Before bedtime there is a rush to get washed up, each of the girls clambering for a spot at the counter. The stampede to the door is a blur of elbows and feet; neon peace signs, threadbare satin with tattered princess decals, big girl pajamas and nightgowns that have met their last hand-me-down. They wrestle for the toothpaste and vie for the tiny foot stool that is no longer needed. As they brush their teeth they make faces in the mirror, “Look, look, I have a beard,” and “Do you see me, I’m a fancy wady with bwue wipstick?”...more
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Bedtime battles: How to come out on the winning end

On most nights, bath time starts at 6:30, followed by pajamas and reading, so that by 7pm, our three-year-old is happily tucked into his twin bed and dozing the night away. It wasn’t always like that. From screaming fits to not staying in his bed, my husband and I have had our share of bedtime battles. Take a look at a few we’ve gone through and the solutions that helped us through them:...more

Forms of Distress

As far as bedtimes go, it has been a fairly entertaining evening. I had the privilege of reading the following tid bit to my 5-year-olds from Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle": "They're little dicky shirt-fronts belonging to Tom Tit-mouse..."...more