How To Get The Kids To Bed Early Christmas Eve
If your kids are anything like mine the night before Christmas, they do everything they can to stay up. No matter how many times you tell them Santa will skip our house if you don't go to sleep they still are wide awake.
Christmas Eve can be a nightmare for some parents. The later the kids stay up the later you do too. Then they come into your room early, and you wonder how they can have so much energy with such little sleep while your eyes hurt and you're dead tired.
If you could get the kids to bed earlier, it would make things much easier for you and you could get some sleep. Here are three things you can try to get the kids to bed early on Christmas Eve.
The simplest solution is if you want the kids to go to bed earlier wake them up earlier. Now you don't want to wake them up too early, or they will be cranky, and likely will end up taking a nap making them stay up later.
Skip the nap or wake them up from their nap earlier if your kids still nap. Rather than get them out of bed early.
Have an active day. Make sure that you don't wear them out too soon. If you get your kids up early and they seem tired taking them out to play at the park for an hour may backfire.
Start the day out with a family breakfast and a crafts activity or storytime. Let the kids wake up and eat. Then spend the day having fun. Wait for the kids to get their second wind and let them run wild. Plan your most physical activity for this time. Go to an indoor play place or have a snowball fight if the weather is terrible.
Keep then active until dinner.
Focus on spending time together after dinner preferably with calming activities. Watch a movie. Put out Cookies for Santa. Give the kids a relaxing bath. Lie in bed with them and read Christmas books.
Make sure you have a glass of water, an extra blanket, or their favorite stuffed toy to sleep. If you take away excuses to get up, it will help them fall asleep faster. Try to get the kids to use the restroom.
If you use Elf on a Shelf perhaps have the Elf Spend their last day in the kid's room so that if they get up, the Elf will tell on them.
Relaxation and preparation can be your most helpful tool. If your kids are tired and relaxed and have no cause to get up out of bed, they will likely go to sleep.
If all else fails and they still get up remind them gently that Santa cannot come and get them back to their room asap.
I have also told my kids that Santa called and had to reschedule once already because they were not asleep and if they did not get to bed he would not come at all.
I usually find after a day running around, a bath, then story time most kids will already be very tired. How do you get your kids to bed early during the holidays?