I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Seriously, people. When I signed up to get married and have two more children, I dreamed about tucking the kids in together, reading books to them, then joining one another in peaceful bliss with contented smiles upon our faces.
Apparently I failed to read the fine print because it’s not like that at all. Kyle is at work for 60 – 80 hours every week. As if that’s not bad enough, he works afternoons and nights which means that I get to do nap time, the witching hour, dinner, bath (when that happens), and bed time all by myself. To say I’m not good at it would be a compliment. I dread bed time every night. The kids always seem to know when I have something to do, a show to watch, or an event to attend. They seem to wake up at night and run around like wild critters; shrieking, giggling, murdering my soul and crushing my spirit, until I’m in fetal position and crying into my pillow while they tar and feather me with their insolence.
I’m not very good with keeping a perfect routine. Life is too beautiful and unpredictable and no day is ever the same. I try to do the sameish thing every night with dinner, bath, then bed. Unfortunately, getting to each of those destinations is as different as flying and swimming. It is rare that we have a good night, and I’m alone. No adult stimulation, no help. Just the inmates running the asylum.
I’ve been doing some major research about good sleep and night time habits but there is so much out there.
I’m a huge fan of Zarbee’s Naturals products, and we use Zarbee’s Naturals cough syrups exclusively when we get sick. As I type this, my little one is climbing down the stairs coughing. I was really excited to find out that Zarbee’s also has a product that will help my littles sleep. Dr. Zarbock says that there are 9 steps to a good night’s sleep: Consistency, a sleep-friendly bedroom, routine, device free, teach sleep, sleep is not a game, knowing how much sleep your child needs, staying active, and no caffeine. Hey, it doesn’t say anything about bribing your kids to sleep with the promise of donuts in the morning. Don’t judge. It works. Sometimes.
Someone recently suggested that I use chamomile to get my kids to calm down, but I can’t get them to drink chamomile tea to save my life and I haven’t figured out how to candy it yet. Ooooh . . . chamomile cookies? I have some work to do.
Instead, Zarbee’s Naturals has found a solution that works for the entire family. Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep for kids has melatonin in it and comes in the form of a yummy grape-flavored chewable tablet. I was a little disappointed when I found out it is good for children who are 3 and older because Grady is the one that I need serious help with. Fortunately for me, he turned three on March 7, so guess who’s been getting Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep at night? Yeah. This kid.
It promotes a restful sleep and doesn’t leave him completely zombified in the morning. It also means that he doesn’t come wake me up in the middle of the night after a particularly mild dream about monsters. The melatonin is not sourced from animals which means that my vegetarian friends can use it so that you don’t find yourself in a real life Plants vs. Zombies war over sleep.
If you go to the Zarbee’s Naturals website and purchase the Children’s Sleep, you can use the promo code zarbeessleep for a coupon code for $1.50 off!
But really? Can you put a price on good sleep?
Aside from using Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep for Children, do you have any good suggestions to help me out with our bed time routine?