As moms, sometimes we feel like we have nothing left to give. By bedtime, our well has run dry. But that’s often when our kids want to connect—the toddler who wants you to read book after book, the tween who wants to talk about her day at school, and the teenager who doesn’t even consider going to bed until midnight. What’s a mom to do? I think you know, and so do I. We need to be available and present.
Bedtime is sleepy time not only for children, but moms too. That’s to be expected. Moms do a lot in the day, from sun up to sundown. But, there are 3 things that make bedtime easier.
1. An Out of Control Day
If your day’s been unorganized, it’s likely your night will be too. Pace yourself so you have something left to give.
2. Not Taking Care of Yourself
If you are exhausted, you will likely be grouchy and short when you’re getting your kids to bed. So get your sleep and find ways to relax and recharge.
3. Books, Movies, TVs and Computers
The clock is ticking and you are dying to get back to that book, watch that TV show, or check your Facebook page. You’ll get there, but not yet. Put those distractions out of your mind and try to completely focus on your children.