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    Default How do you wear out your kids?

    My lovely, boisterous DS1 started school this year. Both my DH and I work full-time. We managed to organise work one of us does drop off every day, but he is in after-school care 5 days a week. He's effectively out of the house 8:30am to 5pm every week day. We had heard plenty of stories from other parents that their kids were often tired from the new experiences of school. So we decided not to organise anything for him to do (after school or weekend activities).

    But after 3 weeks, my DS1 is coming home not tired enough! Bedtime in our house is 7-7:30pm. At this time he is often running around yelling and having a great old time (literally! ) and it's a fight to calm him down and get him into bed. He's struggling to get to sleep by 8:30pm! Honestly, it's like he's had a nice little nap in the middle of the day. He could easily power on til 10pm if we let him! But I don't want to do that as I believe that sleep is important for growth and development.

    Has anyone else had this experience? How do you wear out your kids to get them ready for bed? What are some practical things that we can do to help him burn off all this energy he's coming home with?

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    Is he having too much stimulation once he gets home? Tv, video games etc.

    Rather than wearing him out, I'd look at ways to wind down and start getting him ready for bed. Things like a good routine, quiet play, reading to him or him to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    Is he having too much stimulation once he gets home? Tv, video games etc.

    Rather than wearing him out, I'd look at ways to wind down and start getting him ready for bed. Things like a good routine, quiet play, reading to him or him to you.
    I have always been a strong believer in routine and I have held to the following routine since the kids started having regular meals:

    5-5:30pm: dinner as a family, at the table though TV is on in the background.
    After dinner (NLT 6pm): bath / shower, then into PJs. After PJs are on, they gets a glass of milk and sit down with DH and I.
    7pm: brush teeth, then into bedrooms for story time (usually reading but can be made up/ imagination if they want something different)
    7:30pm: last story is always the same (a book called Time for Bed), then they are tucked up in bed with a kiss and cuddle. Lights out NLT 7:40pm. Then strictly staying in bed with lights out after that. I stay in there and wait until they go to sleep (I have a DS2 who is 3 and a half).

    I don't talk to them or engage at all after lights out. DS2 usually drops off in 10 minutes. But DS1 wriggles and squirms. He is not ready for sleep after all this.

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    Is he in a routine? Ds1 is yr 3 and ds2 is pre primary (full time this year) and they have always been in a good routine but there has always been a rowdy witching hour usually between 6 and 7 😀 However they know their bedtime and don't fuss.

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    Hmm..so he really only has 1/2 hr or less between pick - up and the beginning of the "wind - down" routine - dinner/bath/stories/bed. Maybe he needs half an hour of boisterous family engagement after you get in..maybe kicking a ball in the yard, trampoline or a quick bike ride. My boys both need physical activity to burn energy, particularly late in the day...they both get kicked outside to play between school and dinner. After being cooped in the classroom all day and the relatively tame pace of after - school care, his little body is still full of physical energy even though he's probably mentally tired (=hyper!).
    I have cut the story/quiet time down to 10 mins just before bed now..

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    How is he waking up etc with the later bed time? Just thinking if he's energetic the next day ( all day) it mustn't be impacting to much. Maybe it's time to stop fighting the 7ish bed time and extend that out to 8/830pm? As pp pointed out its a very quick turn around at home maybe that extra 30 mins of play time at home.
    Could he have 30min play time on his own whilst others are bed/ teeth routine


 

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