Everybody tells you readin’ stories will put kids to sleep. But it never works. It didn’t in my house. Especially not on Christmas Eve. Lullabies though? Every time. The cats nestled close to the kittens. The lambs have laid down with the sheep. You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear. Go the f*** to sleep. [record scratching] Oh! You didn’t actually want to drop f-bombs on your kids on Christmas Eve? Whoops! Well in that case I promise I will keep my tips G-rated from here on out. Holy jumpin’! This is one of the hardest balance acts of the whole holiday season! Because on the one hand, you want your kids to really enjoy the holidays, you want your kids to spend time with family and friends they maybe haven’t seen in a while, but at the same time you don’t want to push the boundaries so far that they turn into crazy, zombified, sleep-deprived lunatics. That is fun for no one. So what can we do to encourage our kids to have fun while at the same time holding some semblance of normalcy when it comes to sleep? First off the top is consistency. Which even saying that I’m laughing at myself because it sounds so ridiculous. Being consistent at Christmas — how’s that even possible?! They’re staying up later, we’re staying at friends’ houses, we’re staying at family’s houses — how the heck can I be consistent?! Totally feel ya. Totally feel ya. Here’s the way that I look at it: I just try to be as consistent as possible. So for us that means if we’re sleeping away from home, bringing stuffies, blankies, any of those comfort objects that they like to have at home. Even their favourite pair of jammies. Just something as simple as packing — for us it’s like a superhero bonanza — their favourite pair of superhero pyjamas. The other thing is if your kids are using travel beds or travel cots, practice with those ahead of time. This is probably my biggest tip. The first time before we ever took them anywhere using these travel tents, we set up a little camping experience in their bedroom. It wasn’t anything extravagant — it was basically just here! Tent! And they practiced sleeping in that a couple nights a week ahead of time. So they get used to it in a familiar environment. And then from there we would take it one step further. We would move it to another room in the house, whether it’s a spare bedroom or we’d practice with them in our bedroom. Just so they got used to not only sleeping in their travel beds, but also sleeping in it in an area other than their bedroom. It worked wonders and really goes a long way to keeping some of that consistency when you’re on the road. Another thing to really keep in mind is to limit their sugar intake… Totally joking! I don’t know, it’s probably a good idea to limit their sugar intake. That’s probably right up there at the top of the list, but I am not going to deny my kids Christmas cookies at Christmas. I’m just not. I’m just not gonna do it. I’m not gonna let them eat the whole pan, but hey — you do you. Limit it the best you can, but hey, whatever. It’s Christmas! Ok now — when it’s getting closer to bedtime… I fail at this all the time… but just give them a heads up that the transition is coming, that bed time is coming, so then that way it’s not like, Oh! Shut off the TV, okay into bed guys! And they’re all freaking out on you. If you give them five minutes, or when the movie’s over, or just give them some kind of heads up so they know that it’s coming. The next thing — these videos are so great. It’s like me giving me my own advice for me to listen to because sometimes I just don’t… Even if it’s later than normal, keep the same bedtime routine. My husband and I, we muck this up all the time because we push bedtime, we allow our kids to stay up, but then we just expect that when the Christmas movie’s over they’re just gonna magically hop into bed and and be happy as clams with no stories and none of our regular routine. Which never goes over well, right?! Because they are used to their routine. So this is something you can keep in mind even if you’re at Aunt Zelda’s I don’t know why I said Zelda… Does anyone have an Aunt Zelda? Leave me a comment if you have an Aunt Zelda. Even if you’re away from home, not in your consistent sleep environment, even if it’s not the same bed time, when that bed time comes, keep the routine same. Whether it’s jammies, teeth brushing, hair brushing, two stories, bedtime — Just keep that part the same and it will go such a long way to getting your kids into bed. And if they are still not wanting to go to bed, if they are still getting out of their rooms — parents — this is when you have to pull out the big guns… This is when it’s time. This is the time, moms and dads, to teach your kids about time travel. You gotta remind them, Christmas comes quicker when you’re sleeping. This little trick worked wonders on me when I was a kid. Yeah, mom dad. Looking at you. Kind of genius, actually. I would always want to go to bed early on Christmas Eve so that Christmas morning would come faster! Because everything comes faster when you’re sleeping! It just does! It’s straight-up physics. I don’t know, go ask Stephen Hawking, I’m not sure, but there’s something freaky going on about sleep. You fall asleep, you wake up, Woo! Eight hours have passed. It’s amazing. And then one last thing — probably the most important piece of advice — set a Christmas morning start time. Oh my gosh. I’m just gonna say it again. Set a Christmas morning start time!!! Set a start time. So whatever it is, whether it’s 7am, or six am… Pretty darn sure it’s not 430am! Set a Christmas morning start time so your kids know nothing is happening before the Christmas morning start time. We did this as kids. Our Christmas morning start time was 7am. So I have all these great memories of sitting outside my parents’ bedroom door, just waiting for the clock to turn to 7. And I’m sure they were in there just laughing at us, but for me it was a really great memory. And then that way we were all on the same page, we went downstairs at the same time, it was awesome. So I hope that helps guys! Just try your best to be consistent, test those travel beds well ahead of time, keep the routine as best as you can, and just remind your kids that Santa can’t come unless they’re sleeping, because that’s how Santa works! I really hope you’ve enjoyed this Christmas series, I’ll have more videos coming for you in the New Year! 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