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Old 09-28-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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helping kids to unwind after a busy day in school and extras afterwards

i am asking htis for my daughter. her son just started first grade, is playing flag football and has religious classes one night a week. her daughter who is 4 just started pre-k 3 mornings a week. with all the excitement between school which they both love thansk God, and the things going on at night 3 nights a week they are not home and done everything until around 8:00. both kids are having a hard time unwinding to fall asleep and then are tired in the morning. any ideas?

 
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Old 10-01-2006, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: helping kids to unwind after a busy day in school and extras afterwards

Hi,

A bath beofre bed is good, it relaxes them, It helps my son allot, after his bath, he gets a snack and juice or milk, Then off to bed he goes.
Good Louk, Karen W.

 
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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Re: helping kids to unwind after a busy day in school and extras afterwards

the bath is a great idea (and Lavendar helps relax...there are many childrens lavendar soaps, like johnson and johnsons.... lotions too)

MILK... for the life of me I can't remember the chemical thats in it (trypto..something, it's in turkey too), but it makes us sleepy. Nice glass of warm milk, with a teaspoon of sugar always put me to sleep as a kid!

Ever wonder why everyone wants to fall asleep on your sofa after the big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving..... know ya know! lol

 
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Re: helping kids to unwind after a busy day in school and extras afterwards

I think having a routine that is calm and not rushed is helpful. Perhaps dropping some of the activities for a while. Soothing music along with the bath and warm milk that others have suggested is a good idea, slows everyone's heartbeat. Reading a bedtime story, one without any excitement is another suggestion. This may help your daughter to relax too.
Good luck to your family,
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Re: helping kids to unwind after a busy day in school and extras afterwards

hi moms---- thanks for the ideas. being their grandmother i just want to go ove rand rock them both LOL. my daughter does try to keep everything calm and quiet when they get home. even dim the lights. i suggested the warm milk which helps me as an adult but i think with the addition of the lavender bath and a quiet bedtime story that might just work. i will pass it on. thanks

 
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