Why Kids (and Parents) Need Routine

“What is going on? Why is he having a meltdown when we tell him it’s bedtime? He’s nine!” My husband and I slumped into seats across from each other at the kitchen table. The sticky, crumb-laden tabletop scattered with homework papers and other backpack entrails didn’t help the situation. Tired of dreading bedtime and sick of feeling like we were failing every night, we knew something needed to change. We put the struggle bus in park and took a look out the back window. “We know how to do this. We’ve figured out how to get kids to go...

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