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8 Things You’d Never Guess about Bedtime Exhaustion

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How are you bedtime evening routines, Mama?

You are up early before the kids.  You work hard all day. There are diapers to change and lots of snacks to make.  Maybe potty training is in full swing.  You read all the stories, tackle algebra, and step on Legos.  You take the kids to the park, make dentist appointments, and try to squeeze in an hour or two to work on your business or have your own mom time. Are you already feeling exhausted?!

Now it’s 5-7 pm. You are with the kids all day or you are getting home from work.  Soon your husband will be getting home from work, too.  Time to make dinner.  Then you get to run one child to hockey or dance or soccer practice.  There’s homework to do.  You really should read with the kids for fifteen minutes.  They need baths. 

The day has been long and everyone is a little bit tired, irritable, and whiny. Some call it Arsenic Hour or Witching Hour….that 5-7 pm time frame when children seem to have the most meltdowns.

You are tired, too!  Exhausted actually. 

In this episode of the Renewed Mama podcast, here’s how you can still stay renewed and have a peaceful bedtime evening routine. They don’t have to be full of meltdowns.

8 Things You’d Never Guess about Bedtime Exhaustion

❤️  There’s a disconnect between you and your children. (minute 3:37) 

❤️ They are tired and hungry. (minute 4:09)

❤️  Your children know when you are tired, too. (minute 4:33)

❤️  Playing on devices or scrolling social doesn’t actually minimize the 5-7 pm meltdowns! (minute 5:07)

❤️  Don’t dial for takeout again. Your dinner can be yummy, nutritious, homemade and eaten by all! (minute 10:33)

❤️  You need a bedtime routine. (minute 15:26)

❤️ Bedrooms are meant to be safe havens. (minute 18:00)

❤️ Mom and Dad, keep sexual intimacy top priority inside your marriage. (minute 18:56) You and your husband were meant to have a fun, pursuing, nurturing, honoring, thriving sex life, but you need to prioritize it.  If there are little ones nearby, you can grab your earbuds at minute 18:56.

Now It’s Your Turn, Mama

Tell me what you do to help minimize the 5-7 pm crazy hour in your house and have a peaceful bedtime evening routine.  I’d love to hear from you.  Tell me in a voice message using the recording app found on the main page of

You are Stronger than You Know

I bless you, Mama.  I want you to take time to acknowledge how amazing you are and the impact you have in your home.  You hold it together, Mama with your hugs and snuggles, your sacrifices, your attention, your delicious meals, your prayers, and your never ending love.  Keep going, Mama!

If you are struggling with your bedtime evening routines and need another Mama to talk through them, reach out to me through Renewed Mama Coaching. Let’s talk through what routines you have now, what is working, and what ends up in frustration and disconnect. Go to today.

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