This post is sponsored by Natrol but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Both the kids started school earlier this week, yay! It seems like summer lasted forever but also flew by. I love summer for several reasons: no curfews or schedules, lazy mornings, late nights, last minute vacations and being with the kids. Things I don’t love about summer? no curfews or schedules, late nights and being with the kids all day everyday, haha. Now that Henry and Evelyn are both in grade school this year (2nd and Pre-K) it’s extra important that they’re on the same schedule and that we have implemented structure in our household.
The most important part of any schedule is Routine, Routine, Routine. I cannot stress this enough. Henry especially thrives off of structure and routine. He likes knowing what to expect and having rules. Without them he acts out, becomes anxious and gets into trouble easily. Evelyn is also at a very impressionable young age and picks up on bad habits. She is also very feisty in her own right so basically I have two very strong willed stubborn children who need constant routine.
A few weeks ago I started implementing a night time routine which included going to bed at 7:30pm instead of 9:30/10:00pm (why summer … whyyyyy!) Needless to say it did not go over very easily. With the first day of school creeping closer and both kids refusing to fall asleep earlier I knew I had to find something that would help them. I decided to try Natrol Kids Melatonin Gummies. Natrol is the #1 melatonin brand in America and recently formulated a kids melatonin product which is 100% drug-free and non-habit forming. Each gummy is only 1mg in strength and comes in two kid-friendly forms – Fast Dissolve tablets and Gummies. They are non-GMO, vegetarian and free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Sleep is one of the most important things little bodies and developing brains need and Natrol Kids Melatonin helps my kids relax and fall asleep easily (for specific dosing instructions, or if your child is below the age of four, please consult your pediatrician).
Our new back to school evening schedule looks something like this: 3:05pm Bus Stop pick up. Home for a snack and play time (outdoor sand table, coloring, legos, kitchen etc. – no screen time). 6pm dinner. 7pm bath time, brush teeth, story time. 7:30pm lights out. The Natrol Kids Melatonin Gummies have helped the kids fall asleep faster when they have a hard time falling asleep on their own and they wake up feeling refreshed and energized. I even started taking the Natrol Adult Melatonin Gummies and were amazed at how fast they work. By nature I am a night owl and could stay up until 2am or later. Getting only 4 hours of sleep won’t cut it since now having to wake up at 6:30am and get two kids dressed, fed and dropped off at school. The Natrol Adult Melatonin Gummies help me get to bed by 10pm so I can get around 8 hours of sleep a night and not feel groggy in the morning.
Do you have any tips for creating a nighttime routine in school aged children? Let me know in the comments below!
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