Bedtime Journal

Bedtime Journal

I had a problem getting my two children to calm down for bedtime, so I started putting them in their rooms one-half hour before they were supposed to go to bed. This is now "quiet time", where my daughter reads and my son will write what he did during the day.

He has a choice of either keeping a journal or writing me letters. (We have actually made a little mailbox inside our home where he puts these letters, and I read them later.) This helps my son relay information about what his day was like.

He thinks it's fun to stick the letter in an envelope and decorate it for mommy and then he thinks he's just mailing it out. I go back in their rooms after the 30 minutes and tuck them both in bed.

So each child gets to do what they like best for the one-half hour before bedtime, but the end effect is the same as they are both relaxed and ready for bed. This has made bedtime much happier in our family.