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I have written before about ours morning routine and how he keeps our house humming. Now is the time for me to take the deets into the night routines. It’s not about rigid schedules or a one-size-fits-all approach, but it helps the house (and mom!) Work much better.
Night routine for moms (and for everyone)
A routine is not the same as a scheduled schedule per minute. I need more flexibility than my life. One of the biggest breakthroughs for my sanity as a mother was switching to one block schedule. Routines, including night routines, fit in perfectly with this.
Routines are basically scheduled habits. Once we get into the habit of doing routines, like brushing our teeth every morning, it quickly becomes second nature. The more we do our routines, the less our brains have to think about it. We can literally reconnect the pathways of our brain in positive ways through the use of routines.
Consistency more flexibility
The CDC lists consistency as the main ingredient for structure and peace in the home. Children thrive with perseverance, routines and knowing what’s going on. This is not to say that our schedules need to be rigid and static, but it does provide us with a framework.
Have fun and move from space. There is no perfect routine or schedule. If you wake up all night with a baby and a picky toddler, maybe take a nap with them in the afternoon instead of catching up on work chores. Night routines don’t work unless they are tailored to your family’s needs.
If you have two preschoolers, a baby and a toddler, your routines will look very different from a family with teens. My health routines they will not be identical to yours.
The basics of a night routine
Before designing our ideal nighttime routine, we need to think about our ideal morning (and the next day). Reverse engineer your perfect day. Decide what your priorities and appointments are for the next day and what you need to do to make them as fluid as possible.
If everyone takes a bunch of supplements in the morning, use pre-packaged pill boxes for easy access. If the baby goes to grandma’s house in the afternoon, make sure the diaper bag is stored. Fent coconut chicken with curry in the instant pot for dinner? Prepare it to thaw.
You won’t have to do certain items every night, but you do. It helps to have some anchors in a night routine and then add the extras if necessary.
Do it as a family
This will depend on the ages and abilities of the children, but I have found that children can often do more than we give them. Years ago, I realized I didn’t have to do everything for my kids. It’s better for them if I don’t! Teaching children responsibility and self-sufficiency helps them become strong and independent adults.
I have my own night routine, but the kids have theirs by my side. Children can do simple tasks in the evening, design clothes and prepare meals, to name a few. Then there are the basics, such as brushing your teeth, pajamas, and bedtime stories.
Create your perfect nightly routine
Below are different items or steps to get where you want to go. Decide what works for you and your family as you build your nightly routine. It helps to print and display family routines in an easy-to-see place, such as the refrigerator. It can be as simple as a list or include exact times or check boxes for children.
1. Food preparation
My kids are now largely independent and can manage their own breakfasts and lunches. The older ones can even cook a meal from scratch for the whole family. But when they were little, it was all on my shoulders.
If you have busy mornings, make early breakfasts such as banana bread cupcakes, baked oats, or ham and eggs they can save lives. They can be made the day / night before and can be heated in the morning.
Will the children go to school or cooperate the next day? Then the lunches have to be packed. Is bulgogi korean calf in the meal plan? Make sure the ingredients are thawed and ready.
2. Avoid messy chaos
I like to do a quick clean up in the evening during our night routine so I can start with a clean slate in the morning. Most of the ordering time is during my “productivity block” block schedule. A quick bedtime cleanup helps ensure that everything (most days) is in place.
If you plan to have breakfast in the morning, but the sink is full of dirty dishes when you wake up, slow down the process. This is something that children can help. Age-appropriate tasks such as sweeping the floor after dinner or loading the dishwasher help everyone.
3. What’s on tomorrow’s agenda?
Check your schedule and see what appointments you have to prepare for the next day. Is it necessary to pack children’s lunch / backpacks / sports bags? Once they are old enough, they can be entrusted with this responsibility. Some items can be loaded into the car that night, so there are no bags left in the morning.
If there is a lot of work out there, it can help you do this task ahead of the day. We don’t want to overpack our night routine. The idea is to simplify life!
4. Dress for success
Set any outfit for the next day. This is something kids can get into the habit of doing, so don’t set up 7 dresses every night. I found it capsule cabinets streamline the process.
When my kids were little, I chose all of their outfits. I soon learned the benefits of letting them take on this task, including washing their clothes.
5. Allow time to summarize
Our family eats quite early for several reasons. This fits our schedule better and gives everyone time to really digest their food. Nocturnal heartburn and upset stomachs at bedtime are not fun. The body cannot focus resources efficiently on sleep when it is busy trying to digest food.
Along with this, it is equally important to stay well hydrated during the day. I try to drink lots of healthy fluids during the day and cheer up the kids as well. Many of us are all too familiar with the “mom I need a drink” when it comes to going to bed. Drinking enough during the day (and not at night) helps keep your body healthy and reduces night trips to the bathroom that disrupt sleep.
Here are some delicious, healthy, caffeine-free options:
6. Avoid blue light
The blue light has had a bad rap, but it is actually useful and necessary during the day. At night, however, it can disrupt sleep and cause a lot of health problems. That’s why I started wearing it blue light blocking glasses at night years ago.
We also turn off the electronics in the evening as a family. This helps everyone to relax and have a calmer mindset. The blue light from the devices suppresses melatonin and alters the rhythms of circadian hormones. By skipping the time of the tablet and night TV, it helps everyone sleep more peacefully and gives us time to connect.
7. Activate the Kill Switch
Not only do we turn off the computers at night, but we also turn off the wifi in the house. There is solid evidence that CEM of wifi they are not good for us, but they also affect sleep. Disabling wifi at night is a good way to reduce EMF exposure for 8 solid hours. You can do this manually as part of your nightly routine or use the EMF safe switch, which is what I use.
8. Keep it cool
According to the scientist Tara Youngblood, sleeping cool at night is key. When the temperature drops at night, it causes the neurons in our brain to release melatonin and help us sleep. One option is to set the thermostat to the top of the 60s at night. Warmer mattresses, such as memory foam, tend to pick up body heat and make it difficult to rest at the right temperature.
I use one ChilePad at night to make sure I sleep at the optimum temperature. It goes over the mattress so the heat from my body doesn’t create an oven under the blankets.
There are many things that happen during the day for any family and mothers have a lot of mental burden. Instead of lying down and going to sleep, it’s too easy to stay awake thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list. One way to eliminate excess mental disorder is to throw in a diary or meditate before bed.
I keep one thank you diary which picks up on my daily thoughts. You can also write down tomorrow’s priorities if you’re interested in forgetting something. Writing it all down on paper helps our brains sort out information and release tensions.
Meditation it’s another really useful way to relax at night. It’s not about emptying the brain of all thoughts, but it helps us concentrate and rest deeply. Even if you have no trouble sleeping at night, routine meditation can help you improve your night.
Following the nightly routine
Kids need time to finish the day and parents too. When possible, help you sleep soundly, stay awake all night working or watching TV. This helps children have consistency and ensures that they get enough sleep for brain and body development.
While it doesn’t always happen, especially when a baby is involved, it’s good to have goals. Don’t stress if things don’t always go perfectly.
My husband and I spend time together once the kids are in bed and I finish my night routine. It’s tempting to stay up late and spend all my time “me” once the little ones touch the hay. However, late nights don’t make my body happy either and make mornings hard.
Night practice routine
So how could this be in real life?
Viouslybviament, this is just a sample and you can modify it to suit your family’s needs. A good nightly routine can help create a happier, calmer home.
What routines or habits do you have at night? What will you change or add after reading this?