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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Reading by flashlight

Uploaded: Aug 4, 2017
We all know that reading books and bedtime go together very well. Books can help kids sit still and unwind after a long day of running around. I used to read to our kids before putting them to bed every night. However, with a new baby, these bedtime stories ended up being more stressful than relaxing for all of us.

Recently we've all enjoyed storytimes much more when they happen earlier in the day- when our kids wake up, during lunch, when baby is napping, before a play date, etc.

With three children, I can't promise any of our kids an elaborate bedtime routine. Thankfully our older kids are finding their own ways to keep reading a regular part of their evenings.

Some nights they choose to look at books together on a futon, other nights they decide to at books by flashlights in their beds, or they ask to listen to audiobooks as they fall asleep.

I love seeing my older kids' creativity as they come up with more and more ways to stay up a little past bedtime by looking at or listening to books.

I'm glad our summer schedule can accommodate their love of reading books after dark. I hope as the days get shorter and school starts again, we can shift bedtime early enough so our kids can continue to incorporate this love of reading at night during the school year.
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