Real talk: Does your nightly bedtime routine with the little ones get a bit more, er, relaxed during the summer, holidays, or busy weeks? I know mine does!
As a mom, despite my every intention to keep the kids on a somewhat established routine, we usually assume a slower pace during those days. But now with school back in session, I do make every effort to get back to our regular bedtime routine of stories before the lights go out. Not only does it get my daughters back in the groove of school night schedules, but it helps them sneak in a little extra reading practice. (Click here to read our grade guides for more school success tips.) Here are my favorite 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 pair of crazy 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 and announce: “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!