After a long day and hectic evening of managing busy schedules and taking care of children, sometimes the easiest thing to do before bedtime is just to let the kids veg out in front of the tv.
There’s no wonder why we do this: making the transition from a busy evening to bedtime is a struggle for many families, including my own. In times of “bedtime transition”— such as the back to school season, or after a move— it’s tempting to let the television soothe children to sleep.
While we may know that this isn’t the ideal nighttime routine for kids, new research suggests that tv before bed may actually cause kids to sleep less than they otherwise would. In fact, the more tv the children in the study watched prior to bed, the less sleep they got.
Instead of compromising their sleep, consider these 10 bedtime alternatives to tv. Not only are they likely to improve the quality of your kids’ sleep, they provide them with critical one-on-one time to transition to another day.
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