Sleep was a big focus of our afterschooling this week! My oldest was a very high-maintenance baby, sleep-wise, and as a result we’ve always had very involved bedtime routines. With four kids and Mike back to his usual travel schedule (he was gone last week and the week before, although home for both weekends), I’ve decided it’s time to streamline the bedtime routine. All three “big” kids now put themselves to bed. We’ll read a couple books, then they get in their beds and we turn out the lights. I’ll sing a couple songs, Mike will read a story if he’s home, and then I’ll put on recorded songs for them to listen to until they fall asleep. It’s working pretty well, so far. Three-year-old Lily likes to bring lots of toys to bed! I love that she brings her dragon, and Owie doll to bed every night, along with the Build-a-Bear my sister made for her. Sometimes her crocheted baby makes it in there, as well!
We had some fun afterschool activities, as well – our pumpkin pie-scented play dough was played with a lot, we spent every nice afternoon at the playground at Emma’s school, and we all enjoyed the self-inflating ghost Halloween science activity that I came up with!
The Afterschool linky is a space to share your afterschool activities for kids of all ages! How was your week?