My kids are 7 and 6, but their routines have been the same for as long as I can remember: 1 hour before bed (light out), one kid gets a bath. We do baths every other night here, for example tonight was DD bath night, so tomorrow DS will get his. 30 minutes before bed, change into night clothing (more for non-bath child); brush teeth, potty time (when younger diaper change) and bedtime story read by either Daddy or Mommy in our living room. 10 minutes before bed (lights out), each child goes into their room to have the non-reading parent tuck them in. Then lights out! Most nights within 15 minutes they are asleep... When they were younger they didn't leave or get up, but now with them older they may get up to get a drink or use the potty. If so they just go to the bathroom, handle that themselves and go right back to bed.
at 9:30 PM on Jun. 23, 2008