Monday, June 25, 2012

Bedtime Routine

We have been working on our charts and routines. Nichole is very visual (as so are most small children) and she especially likes pictures of things that are familiar to her. As we work on making our chart, we decided to take our own pictures.

So here is our bedtime routine in pictures for the girls that cannot read yet and because pictures are fun!

1. Eat vitamins

2. Pick up play-room

3. Put jamies on

4. Put dirty clothes in laundry basket

5. Go potty

6. Wash hands

7. Brush teeth

 8. Get in bed

Once in bed, I read the girls a story and we pray together.

Note: When I did this with Ellie a few years back it really worked! So much so that she has actually stuck to the bedtime routine even after I stopped reinforcing it. Routines really work with kids! Especially when there are pictures and they participate at creating them.

If you are wondering what this is about, it is a result of wanting to live intentionally, you can go back and read more about that.

I am curious, what is the bedtime routine like at your house?


  1. Bath (we brush in the tub), the kids read quietly until everyone is out of the tub (yep all three take a bath together), family story time, prayers, we sing our good night song, and lights out.

    It works for us with little ones. I know I'll have to revamp our routine when they get a little older.

    1. Do your kids take a bath every night? And things do change as they get older, they really do.

  2. In the summer, the kids need a bath almost every day, but sometimes swimming in the pool counts as a bath lol. We have a similar routine to what you do. I would like to read to them every night, but it doesn't always happen. Daddy always prays with them.

  3. Just a quick thought..I also take the Juiceplus vitamins and I have to take them in the morning, as they cause very bad heartburn if I lay down soon after having them. This may not be a problem for your girls, but I thought I would mention it. :)

    1. Interesting, no, none of us have any problems with that at all, and we all take them at night. I think in general vitamins are supposed to be taken in the morning, but it just works better with our routine to take them at night.


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