"Introducing regular routines into your child's life as soon as possible will help to acclimate him or her to being on a schedule. Routine serves to put stability into a child's life." September 05, 2006 byDarlene ZagataWe have a bedtime routine. It includes things such as going potty, getting on pajamas, reading scriptures, saying prayers, brushing teeth, all of which I help with. But at some point the job of actually putting the kids to bed shifted to my husband (trust me I am not complaining).
Eric and Lucas' bed time routine has become more and more... well we will say elaborate. There are things, all somewhat of a mystery to me, called "Three and a Bonus", "Stuck" and the new favorite "Stumpy". And yes these weird sounding names are not exactly quiet activities. "Three and a Bonus" I believe involves Lucas leaping off his bed onto Eric, then Eric tossing him back onto his bed. They do this three times and then a bonus, hence the name.
When we lived in Mesa, one night I heard giggling coming from Lucas room, nothing unusual when Eric is putting him to bed. Then suddenly I heard a thud. Then the crying began. "Oh no, I knew someone would get hurt" I thought in my I told you so motherly way. Then some of the crying stopped and I heard Lucas say: "It's okay Daddy, don't cry, I am okay." Eric felt horrible and was terrified for a moment as to how he may have hurt Lucas since his head left a nice little round indent in the dry wall.
The other night we had yet another accident from the bedtime routine. After Lucas is tucked in he always wants a "tiny tiny tiny" bit of water. While Eric goes to get this for him, Lucas likes to hide somewhere in his room. Eric then plays along "Oh no! Where did Lucas go?" At which point Lucas jumps out to scare daddy. The other night Lucas hid to the side of his dresser. When he jumped out his leg got caught in the cord of his lamp and the lamp came crashing down right on his head. The boy survived the lamp did not.
So yes, we have a bed time routine. What is your bedtime routine?