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Bedroom time is a journey in itself. It starts with “slowdown time.” A slowdown routine is essential. Children’s brains operate at a high pitch and don’t shut down as quickly as adult brains. Parents should announce the beginning of slowdown time about 40 minutes before bedroom time.

Slowdown time includes turning off stimulating activities such as television, exciting music, and family games. It also is a wonderful time to give kids choices:
“Do you want to go to bed right now or in 10 minutes?”
“Do you want to brush your teeth in the kitchen or the bathroom?”
“Do you want a story first or your bath first?”
“Do you want a drink in the kitchen or in your room?”
“Do you want the light on or off?”
“Do you want to go to sleep right away or try to keep your eyes open as long as you can?”