I can’t stress enough how important it is to establish routines and patterns in our lives. It’s something I’ve been reflecting on a lot recently, especially as we step into the summer season. You see, kids thrive on routines. They crave them. Going to bed at the same time, having dinner together, and engaging in activities at specific times—they thrive when these patterns are in place. And guess what? Adults are the same. We’re creatures of habit, seeking stability and predictability in our lives.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We don’t want to do the exact same thing every single day. We enjoy having general patterns that we can recognize and occasionally deviate from. Think about it. We have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We work from 9 to 5. Even in music, certain genres like blues have specific rules and patterns that define them. We like to know what to expect.
That’s why I want to emphasize the importance of sleep patterns, especially for kids. Many people neglect to establish set routines for their children when it comes to sleep. Falling asleep in front of the TV or scrolling on their devices has become all too common. But this week, I want to encourage you to define those sleep patterns, creating an environment that promotes better, fuller sleep.
Let’s start with bedtime. I know it’s not easy, and initially, there will be some resistance. Kids will grumble and claim they can’t fall asleep. But trust me, if you establish a consistent bedtime routine, they will come to appreciate it. The same goes for you. Set a time to go to bed every night and stick to it. Avoid the temptation to binge-watch that show or endlessly scroll on your phone.
I know firsthand how important it is because I prioritize my own sleep routine. I aim to go to bed between 10:30 and 11:00 every night, with a few exceptions for weekends and vacations. It’s all about consistency.