What My Son (And All Your Children) Needs

Happy Tuesday my loves…

With the advent of technology, more and more children are getting hooked to things like iPads, iPhones, tablets, PSP, and more. More and more parents are complaining about their children not having enough sleep any more because kids stay up late at night. My son is not an afternoon napper but I know many kids who were once afternoon nappers but when they got their tablets, they just spend their whole afternoon playing or browsing the internet instead of sleeping.

According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers and children are no longer getting the 8-10 hours sleep they need to keep their young bodies healthy. This is a dilemma that many parents, like me, are facing right now. Young bodies need enough sleep and we all know what happens when we lack sleep – we either feel too sleepy throughout the day or we get sick because our body doesn’t have enough defence against the harmful elements in the environment.

What my son and I bet all our children need is SLEEP. The question now is how do we get these kids to sleep early? Here are some useful parenting tips:

1. During school days or weekdays, don’t allow them to play with their tablets or phones. When you implement this rule, make sure that you stick to it.

2. Turn off or dim the bedroom light. Light can delay sleepiness. Sleeping in a dark room helps the body feel more relaxed.

3. Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine rich foods and drinks make our kids hyper active. Cutting down on caffeine will relax them more.

4. Let your kids do some exercises. Exercising will help you sleep better. Your muscles and brain will be more relaxed.

These are just some of the parenting tips that will help us parents deal with our children in terms of getting them to sleep 8-10 hours a day.

1 Peter 2:2-3

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,  now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

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