School night rules to help your child get to sleep

We all enjoy bending the rules in the summer so the kids can stay up late, and sleep even later. But now school is almost back in session, and it's time to get everyone back on track and ready to rise and shine in time for first period. Rather than waiting for the first school night of the year, try implementing these school night rules ahead of time. Then that's one less thing you have to worry about the night before.

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As the days get shorter, put these rules into place to get your kids back on schedule, and less likely to fight the alarm in the morning.

1. Family Dinner Rule

A kid with a full stomach is going to sleep much better than one with a growling belly. Make dinner a family affair every night so you can make sure he's getting enough good and good-for-him foods to last all night and into the morning. Avoid eating on the run and provide a stable place for everyone to come together.

2. TV Time Rule

If TV is popular in your house (after homework, naturally), set up a TV timer for during the week. Decide on a firm amount of time per kid, and stick to it. Thanks to the miracle of the DVR, your kid can't cry, "It's a special episode!" in order to make a half hour stretch into two.

3. Storytime Rule

A great story can help a kid be eager to get into bed and ready to chill. Talk with your kid and pick out a great chapter book that you can start now, and both enjoy throughout the first term. Bonus -- this will get your kid excited about reading herself.

How do you get your kids back into the sleep routine?


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Written by April Peveteaux for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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