Since focusing more on my nightly self care habits after the kids have gone to bed, I’ve developed somewhat of a “night time” routine.
Here’s what my current solo nighttime routine looks like with three kids:
6:00: Clean the kitchen up post dinner and give the kids some milk.At this moment, the kids do their own thing.
I turn off all of the lights in the house except for the ones in the kitchen and their bedroom, so they already know know it’s “quiet time.”6:30: Give the kids their bath, get them dressed and brush their teeth.
7:15-7:30: Kids in bed. My oldest will usually fall asleep within a few minutes. I like to lay down with her and rub her back for a bit before I leave the room.
7:45: Relax. After a long day with the kiddos, I like to veg for a bit on the sofa and maybe read some articles on my phone or read a few pages from a book.
I used to just take a shower in the morning or whenever I had a chance to.But recently, I have found that taking a shower at night calms me down and gives me a bit of an energy boost to be able to enjoy some “quiet time.”
[This eye repair cream has been fantastic for reducing dark circles and puffiness]
9:00: Light a candle, get dressed and then make a to-do list while I catch up on any YouTube videos. 9:15: My oldest’s clothes are in the kids bedroom, so I snag those before they go to sleep. The twin’s clothes are in the master bedroom and I’ll grab all their clothes for the next day and lay them out. Obviously, not this fancy, just in a pile. This just makes one less thing I have to “worry” about in the morning.9:30pm: Drink water and read a bit more.10:00: Bedtime for me.
I typically like to go to bed no later then 10:30pm. Any later and I feel groggy, especially if I have to wake up before 6:00am.And there you have it.
Sticking with this routine, sets me up for my morning routine. I find myself more calm as I wake up and find that the kids are more creative when they wake up to a clean space.
Is every night like this?
Sometimes I am so tired that after I put the kids to bed, I go straight into the bed, watch a few YouTube videos and fall asleep all before 9:00pm.