Bedtime Tips and Tricks

October 7, 2011

A mother reading to her young daughter at bedtime.If you are having trouble getting your young children to bed without a fight, try this bedtime shopping game to solve nightly struggles. Half an hour before bedtime, set a timer for 30 minutes and bring out the toy shopping cart. A grocery bag would also work.


Have your children shop for pajamas at the clothing store (dresser), stop at a restaurant for a drink of water (kitchen), go to the dentist to have their teeth cleaned (bathroom), and stop at the library (bookshelf). Then cuddle up with your children and read the chosen book(s). When the timer rings, the children know it's time to be tucked in.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens magazine, June 1999

By leanne chaisson from Williams Lake, BC

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July 28, 2010

This is a massage technique I have learned from a few different sources (books and charts). This massage helps the child relax by stimulates important nerves and relaxing muscles they have been stressing all day.


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August 15, 2008

"Kill 2 birds with one stone" in the laundry dept and place a child's favorite medium or large stuffed toy in the dryer to help absorb the moisture. If the dryer load is started before the child's bedtime soon enough, at "lights out", the toy comes out of the dryer warm and snuggly and comfy.

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