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This guest post has a lot of good ideas on healthy sleep habits. Feel free to share any comments you might have–especially suggestions that are not listed here!

 

A lot of parents go through a lot of distress in getting their kids to follow a systematic sleep pattern. There are parents who have kids that are hyperactive and do not want to sleep, whereas others have kids who sleep at the oddest of hours. All in all, it is tough for a parent to cope with sleepless nights, and frustrating as well. However, it has been medically proved that if you inculcate the following sleep habits in your kids, then you might end up establishing a systematic sleeping pattern in your kids effortlessly:

1. Maintain a consistent sleep/wake-up time for your kids

It is important to keep a consistently maintained sleep schedule throughout the week, irrespective of weekends and holidays. This will enable their body to work in a particular manner. This way, their body will automatically tell them when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake up without any fuss whatsoever.

2. Introduce some form of exercise or a sport daily

Try to incorporate some kind of physical activity in your kid’s daily planner. Not only will it make them healthy and alert but will also go a long way in their well-being.

3. Always make sure they have dinner before bedtime

It is important that the kid’s do not sleep on an empty stomach. Try to keep the dinner ready and prepared well in time. In times when dinner is not done, then give them some cereals, milk or a fruit before putting them to bed. Also, make sure that dinner is eaten at least two hours before bedtime.

4. Do not give foods containing caffeine to kids

Avoid foods that contain caffeine in the evenings as it can interfere with their sleep. So chocolates, iced teas, colas and coffee should be a definite no-no for the evenings!

5. Tuck the kids in bed an hour before bedtime

Try to plan your evenings so that you can tuck your kids in bed an hour before lights are off. This will give them an hour of doing fun activities, reading a book, playing or listening to songs before settling off to sleep.

6. Make sure the room is adequately lit

It is important for the kids to feel safe in the room, so do make it comfortable to them in terms of buying a good night light for their room.

7. Do not put in distracting gadgets in their rooms

Try to avoid putting in a TV set in the kid’s bedroom. Kids get distracted easily and their excitement for watching television might make it difficult for them to sleep.

8. Avoid associating the bedroom with punishment

If you have to discipline a child, try to avoid using the bedroom for time outs as the kids will associate it with negative things. Try to increase the positive aspects about their bedroom.

9. Have a final interaction with your kids before sending them off to bed

It is important to give the kids a feeling of warmth and love – so do give them the kiss and hug before tucking them in bed.

10. Try to letting older kids from napping in the afternoons

As kids grow older, they refuse to sleep on time if they have napped in the afternoon. So, if you have a kid who is five or older – then try to avoid letting them nap in the afternoon so that they can sleep on time.

 

Ellen is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on latest technologies. These days she is busy in writing an article on Headphones iPod dock. Beside this she loves reading. She recently bought a Wireless Media Player from a fare. 


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Yesterday, I shared in part 1 how my life has been a series of spiritual ups and downs, characterized by trying to build walls to make others think I was good, while inside I was a mess.

Well, a few weeks ago I just sort of hit bottom. I had been trying to escape reality with compulsive kinds of actions, like reading for hours on end, playing computer games, etc., while my family deteriorated around me. I didn’t know what to do, and I hated myself for the way I was and the way I had allowed things to become. The bad habits of my youth were now maturing into very nasty character flaws that I could see being mirrored in my children, and I began to realize that I had to make a choice.

But I was loath to do it. Make the choice, I mean. Because I basically had two alternatives. Either surrender to God and let Him change me, or reject God and give up on everything I believed. I just couldn’t stand staying the way I was. The problem was, the latter option was just too horrendous to contemplate. And besides, being a Christian was so ingrained into my identity that I would find myself turning to God automatically when in difficult situations–like when I turned into my driveway too early and almost went over edge of the road into a tree!

But surrender scared me.

Why did it scare me? It wasn’t because I was afraid of surrender itself. I had experienced full surrender in the past–at least, as full as I knew at the time. I remember almost having an accident, and actually not getting an adrenalin rush because I had such peace with God. I longed to have that kind of relationship again. But I was afraid of failure. I had tried so many times, and just as many times I had failed. Turned my back on God. Let go of His hand and basically said, “I’m going to do it my way.”

Then I would read verses like Hebrews 6:4-6 and wonder if maybe I was a hopeless case.  But then I knew that any yearnings in my soul for God meant that I had definitely not committed the unpardonable sin, and that meant there definitely was hope for me. (I have stored up a lot of head knowledge over the years, and in times like this it was both a comfort and a torment.)

But I still feared failure. I didn’t want to turn my life over to God and then take it back once again. I wanted to break the cycle of up and down. After talking to my friend from church that I mentioned yesterday, I got in touch with one of my old friends from several years ago and began to pour out my heart to her. In an email, I wrote this:

I realize that to surrender to the extent that I did as a youth isn’t enough anymore. In proportion to the light that I have I must yield, and I have more light now than I did then. So my surrender now must be deeper than it has ever been.

As you can see, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to surrender. But I was afraid. What if I failed again? I didn’t think I could bear it. All my head knowledge told me that God would accept me just as I was, that He would forgive me and take me back with rejoicing. All the promises of His keeping power that I had memorized kept surfacing into my consciousness; evidence of His love was everywhere I looked if I just chose to see it. I began to sense things coming to a climax. I realized that it was only a matter of time before I did make a surrender. But still I hesitated.

Looking back honestly, I think that it was deeper than just my fear of failure, even though that was a very big issue. I was also unwilling to surrender certain things. It’s a lie of the devil, the idea that if you surrender to God, He will take away the things that make you happy. I know by experience that He only takes away the things that make us miserable. But I didn’t want to let go of some of those things. And some things I wondered if He would make me give them up, when in reality He wasn’t so much interested in my things as just in having me. And as I began to take that reality to heart, I began to soften.

I realize that I may not be communicating my thoughts very well. There were so many levels to my situation that I don’t know how to explain it with words. Maybe if you try to feel with your heart what I am trying to  convey, you will understand. I’m sure if you’ve ever been where I am, you can understand. I hope by the time I finish this series, those of my readers who are in the same situation I was will have some answers. That’s my goal, my reason for opening my heart to you. Not that I have all the answers yet. But I have a few. And maybe one or two of them will help.

Tomorrow I will share some of the steps that helped get me out of this dark hole I was in. So stay tuned.