Does your nightly bedtime routine with the little ones get a bit more relaxed during the summer, holidays, or busy weeks?
Despite parents' best efforts to keep kids on an established routine, it's completely normal to assume a slower pace during these times. However, a regular bedtime routine of stories before the lights go out not only encourages a good night's sleep, but also provides an opportunity to bond and sneaks in a little extra reading practice. Here are some tips and tricks for getting kids to dive into a book when they dive into bed!
Savvy Tip #1: Release Your Inner Actor
One great way to get young children excited about bedtime reading again is to make story time extra entertaining. You might wear a joke pair of glasses and call them your magic reading glasses, or don a superhero cape that transforms you into Super-Reader!
Alternatively, if you’re not into dressing up, you could introduce the book in a fun character voice. For instance, put on your best "puppy" voice to read Pig the Star: “Tonight’s reading time is brought to you by a fluffy canine who wants to be in the spotlight!” Or simply read your story of choice with particularly dramatic flair, assuming different voices for each character. You can even ask your child to do the same!