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Back to Bedtime: How to help your child readjust to early bedtimes for school after the summer break

“Back to School” time is here, complete with the sometimes-difficult transition “back to bedtime.” The summer days are still long and the sun still shines after dinner time. But, readjusting your child to earlier bedtime is an important part of starting the new school year off on the right foot.

Our Waldorf School of Princeton Early Childhood teachers, Laura Branham and Amy Shor, offer some bits of wisdom for parents and caregivers creating bedtime rituals that can help their little ones settle down and ease into sleep…

A Warm and Simple Bedtime Snack

Mrs. Branham suggests a before-bedtime ritual of warm milk and toast with butter and honey. “I would have my children get into PJ's while I prepared the snack. The children would enjoy their simple snack and then it would be time to read a bedtime story, brush teeth and get tucked into bed.” Plan to offer this comforting snack about a 1/2 hour before the story and lights out.

Candle-Light Time

Mrs. Shor tells of a family she had in her class who would ease the transition back to early