How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (During COVID-19 and Every Night)
by Alexie Basil
In the midst of COVID-19, we’re reminded of the importance of Pajama Program’s Good Night Bill of Rights: five principles that help deliver a loving bedtime and quality good night’s sleep to children everywhere.
With so much change happening in the world right now, it’s more important than ever to make sure that children have a consistent, positive bedtime routine filled with love, happiness, and quality books.
Our friends at Pajama Program put together this Good Night Bill of Rights to help guide families to ensure all kids have good nights that lead to better days. Read on to see how you can help spread the message:
1. Every child has the right to a sense of stability and security in their world.
This is particularly challenging due to COVID-19. However, seemingly small things—like a consistent bedtime routine and a specific time kids are tucked in—can help children feel more safe and secure.
2. Every child has the right to a comforting bedtime routine shared with a loving caregiver.
When we provide a child with cozy pajamas and a bedtime story, we are telling them, “You are cared for and loved, unconditionally.”
3. Every child has the right to pajamas and storybooks of their own—the tools for bedtime.
By ending their day with a fresh change of clothes and a bedtime story, kids can unwind from the stresses of the day. We’ve long believed that having a sense of ownership of their books is incredibly important for children’s development as readers and learners. Even if they have few other personal possessions, being able to call their pajamas and books their own helps kids attain a healthy self-image.
4. Every child has the right to get the sleep they need to thrive.
The amount of sleep your child should be getting depends on their age. According to recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, kids between the ages of 3 to 5 years old should be sleeping 10 to 13 hours a night. Kids ages 6 through 12 should be getting 9 hours of sleep every night at a minimum. No matter your child’s age—whether they’re 1 or 18 years old—every child needs the proper amount of sleep to prevent conditions such as obesity, diabetes, poor concentration and mental health, and misbehavior.
5. Every child has the right to a good night for a good day.
For kids to have good days, they must have good nights. And by helping them have good nights, we give kids the best possibility for a better tomorrow, regardless of their learning environment and the stressors of the present.
How do you help support good nights for the children in your life, especially now in these bewildering times? Please share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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