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How can I help my child wind down before bed?

Michele Borba
Psychology
To help your child wind down before bed:
  • Create wind-down rituals -- Many kids are so wired from stress, exercising, studying or cramped schedules that it's tough for them to drift off when the lights go out. If your child needs time to wind-down time, add it into the nighttime schedule.
Those old rituals (taking a warm bath, writing in a journal, taking a shower, reading, sipping warm milk) do help prepare kids' bodies for a better night's sleep. The trick is to help your child discover what works for him, and then do the same ritual every night to help him relax.

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