If you're struggling with your pre-schooler’s bedtime routine,
the below pointers are sure to put your problems to rest.
bedtime a priority
Your child should know
his sleeping time and must adhere to it strictly. At least an hour before
bed-time he/she should unwind from active play and get into the bed-time
preparation. It could be brushing teeth, putting on night suit, listening to a
story or a goodnight hug.
During your child’s
bedtime hours, maintain a quiet environment. Avoid any kind of disturbance like
watching TV, or just anything that is exciting and would make the child stay
a comfort object
Young children are
reluctant to sleep alone and would want you to sleep beside them so they feel secure.
To serve the purpose of security you can offer your child a security object to
keep him/her relaxed while they sleep. If your child is afraid
of the dark, turn on a night bulb or keep the passageway lights on for some
light into the bedroom.
transition to bedtime soothing
Taking time to wind down
might help your child fall asleep. Make the lights dim, encourage soft music or
bedtime stories to have a calming transition to sleep. It is suggested that even
the parents or siblings slow down their activities to create quietness. Also,
see that the child doesn’t get over sleep during daytime nap. This would make
the child stay active at night and might lead to bed-time battle which you’re
going to lose.
him/her stay in the bed
Before you put your child
to the bed check whether all his requirements like water, blanket, comfort toy;
are placed near his/her bed so he/she doesn’t trail you out of the room asking
If your child wakes up in
the middle of the night and calls out to you, give him/her some time to settle down
and go back to sleep. If he/she has awaken because of a bad dream respond
quickly, assure him/her and stay on his/her side until he/she falls asleep.
is the key
Stick to the bedtime
routine and eventually your child will follow it even without your
India will celebrate her 68th Republic Day on 26th of January
2017. Several national events and ceremonies are held around this time of the
year and hence it is a perfect time to teach our kids about our country and
instill a sense of patriotism in them.
Here are some interesting things to do on Republic Day with
Involve young citizens
When organizing Republic Day event, involve maximum number of
young children because it is important that our future citizens develop
patriotism and love for the country.
Flag hoisting is the core event on Republic Day. You can invite
a senior citizen to do the honors as they’d have some good information exchange
with young kids. This is a good opportunity to introduce National Flag colors
to the children.
Singing of the National Anthem
This is another important custom on Republic Day. Singing National
Anthem itself brings a feeling of pride to the citizens. You can call up children
a day or two ahead to practice the anthem and have them sing in chorus.
Organize cultural program
Cultural programs are an intrinsic part of celebrations in our
country. You can organize a patriotic singing and dancing competition and let
kids and adults participate.
Watch the parade
Delhi Republic Day
parade is the largest and grand parade that
marks the Republic Day celebrations in India. The soldiers all dressed in their
official attires with accessories showcase their skills to pay a tribute to the
Nation. So don’t miss out watching the live telecast of the parade with your child on
TV or online.
your kids about our national heroes
so many inspiring stories about national heroes that talks about their bravery
and struggles towards gaining independence of India. You can look at organising
a story telling session for kids or a fancy
dress competition where all kids dress up as National Heroes.
celebration is incomplete if you don’t carry some memories out of it. Plan and
organise some art and craft activities for kids such as making tri-colour
flags, drawing national symbols etc. Also add some tri-colour snacks to excite