Starting Your Before Bed Routine Early

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your emails this week. I asked you to tell me where you have difficulty with your routines. Overwhelmingly, I heard that many of you struggle with the Before Bed Routine. You are tired and ready for bed, and you skip parts of the routine or don’t do any of it. Some of you are collapsing into bed at night.

As you have gathered from my descriptions of my routines, I am early to bed and early to rise. After 9:00 pm I am winding down. I start my Before Bed Routine right after dinner. I check the calendar and weather. I lay out clothes and anything else I need first thing in the morning. I shine the sink. Then, I work on my writing or have mentoring sessions for a few hours before I go to bed.

Because I get up at 5:00 am, it is not hard to fall asleep by 10:00 pm. Many years ago, I stayed up later, and I slept later. I still got in my required hours of sleep, but I was getting up with the children and not before them.

Once I realized that my morning quiet time was a little too loud as Nerf gun wars and pop guns were being played with by the boys, I decided it was time to get up before they did. Now, my quiet time truly is quiet. (smile)

Many of you have a lot of things going on as dinner time wraps up, and if you have little ones, they are not able to do as much as my older children can do. But you can include them in the cleaning up of the kitchen. You can give them little things to carry for you. You can give them a small broom or a rag. Keep them close to you, so they are not tearing up another room.

Then send them off to get their clothes for the next day. While they are doing that, you can get your clothes laid out. Ask them to get their socks and shoes ready, too. As much as you can mirror what you are doing with what you are asking them to do. If you have toddlers and babies, take them along with you as you get your stuff ready.

Use teamwork as much as you can within your family. If you have a large family, assign older children to a younger sibling to do various things around the house in the evening. The goal is for everyone to do the Before Bed Routine, so you have a more peaceful morning.

When you are ready to go to bed, you should just need to put on your pajamas, wash your face, and brush your teeth.

Please keep your questions and comments coming!

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter around the Launch Pad Area. (The area where you put things for the next morning. It is usually near the door.)

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is spaghetti and a salad.

Have a great day!


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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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