As a mumma of four, I know bedtime.
I know bedtime can be long. I know bedtime can be rough. I know bedtime can be challenging.
There is a lot of tension and frustration wrapped up in all of our hearts at bedtime – grown ups as well as kids. Without good sleep, all humans function below optimum, and that is definitely putting it politely.
One of the hardest things I have found with having multiple kids is that they all need different things to relax them, to comfort them, to prepare them for sleep. We are currently working through towards a formal diagnosis for Lark, but what is important to know for the purpose of this post is that she is particular about her routines and structures. She has expectations and, if those are not met in a consistent way, it can become problematic. Also, she loves word play, art and using her imagination. Hart has the hardest time of our four to get to sleep and finds it most relaxing when we read factual articles rather than traditional storybooks. Fitche pretty much just wants to be left alone to get on with it, but she really loves stories and can sit by herself with a good book. However, left to her own devices, she can be somewhat hard on literature (shall we say). Durability is key. Bear is very little yet and essentially wants Mumma and milk.
With that all as background, there’s a special project that we are going to work on together as a family. We are going to create a children’s bedtime storybook. It will be designed to relax and comfort everyone to prepare them for sleep. It will also include a recipe related to the story, and the art will be provided by the children.
We will look forward to keeping you up to date on this new venture.
From mine to yours,