Bedtime Love Cards
Connect, Release the Day
and Reclaim Your Evenings
Feeling like a Bedtime Hero
What if you had 36 different ways to make bedtime sweet, nurturing, and brief?
Bedtime Love cards help you make memories every night and children easily transition to sleep with gentle activities.
You’re a parent who has spent all day with your children. Worked from home, managed the dinner, the cleanup, the scheduling and Zoom links, walked the dog, and as much as you love your family cannot crank up the energy to go through an entire storybook at bedtime. And you don’t want to brush it off because this is important!
What if there was a way to truly be there for your children at bedtime? Even put them in charge so you’re not the “bad guy”? What if you could affirm your love and still have guilt-free time for yourself every evening?
That’s exactly why I created Bedtime Love cards. Thirty-six different ways to connect that have you truly listening and sharing with your child(ren) using engaging, calming activities that take less than 10 minutes. This precious time of day is too important to leave to an app.
About Bedtime Love Cards…
Bedtime Love Cards…
- Are a 6 printable sheets with 36 illustrated calming activities like massage, gratitude, American Sign Language, poetry, and positive bedtime thoughts.
- You can have Bedtime Love cards in every child’s room. One child can choose their favorite activity while you tuck another in.
- Are open-ended suggestions. How you choose to engage with each card will be individual and unique depending on the night or the child.
- Educational and encourage healthy, happy habits and thinking.
- Screen free! Bedtime is too important to leave to an app. When we have a genuine relationship with another human being at bedtime, we feel loved and secure, making it easier to transition to sleep.
Hi, I’m Brook Packard…
…and I am an early childhood music specialist, writer, certified life coach, and a mom. A single mother for the first 5 years of my child’s life, I had a messy home, inconsistent income, a crazy schedule but I always made time for bedtime together. When my child outgrew their need for a together bedtime at 12, I began to sleep poorly. That’s when I realized the power of the pleasurable habit filled with story, lullabies, prayer, wonder, gratitude, and care.
I believe that bedtime is the first, best habit, and we can have a happier world with intentional bedtimes. Bedtime is the gateway to sleep, and sleep is the cure-all for our well being. It delights me that my adult child still recalls the bedtimes we shared together during those formational years.
Get started tonight!
Right now, we’re all struggling with schedules gone haywire.
We are being asked to wear so many different hats, we’re doubting ourselves
But there are things under our control.
- Making every bedtime every night was a safe haven for your family.
- You have a bedtime routine that’s portable, bringing the security of home when you travel.
- Making memories every night and still enjoy some time with your partner or spouse…or solitude. Remember solitude?
- Grandparents, extended family, and babysitters knowing exactly what to do at bedtime.
- Your child looking forward to bedtime and sleep and building a foundation for a lifetime habit that guarantees health and happiness.
- The feeling of confidence that comes with having a bedtime plan and knowing you’ve done your best.
Bedtime Love Cards: Frequently Asked Questions
Who are Bedtime Love cards for?
- Parents of children 3 to 7 who want to authentically connect with their children every night.
- Caregivers and babysitters who could use guidance and some bedtime enticement. Families who want to add something unique and individual after the bedtime story.
- Siblings, dads, uncles, aunts, and other family members who want to help out at bedtime but can’t think of anything other than a crazy “fun” pillow fight.
If you’re in charge of a little one’s bedtime, you need Bedtime Love cards.
Can I really connect with my child in less than 10 minutes?
Yes! Pediatricians and child psychologists have studied quality versus quantity of time spent with children and concluded it’s the quality of our time that’s beneficial to children. You know this. We remember most those small, sincere moments like a hug or a smile.
Is it ok to let my child choose the activity or activities from the Bedtime Love cards?
Absolutely! Children love being “the boss”. Many bedtime experts recommend for children who are oppositional or resistant about bedtime to choose the bedtime story. The problem is, what if they choose a super long book, or one that encourages a wild rumpus? If you go back on your promise and ask them to choose a different book. And that brings up a whole other set of problems. Bedtime Love cards give children a limited choice. You can have them choose the card or how many cards.
Aren’t they going to get tired of or bored with these 36 activities?
There will always be variety. And children never get bored by being next to a caregiver and having their full attention. The suggestions in the Bedtime Love cards will always be different. For example, as you both practice the American Sign Language expression for “thank you” you’ll be sharing what you’re grateful for in that moment. The poems can be memorized, or you can use it as an opportunity to ask an open-ended questions.
Can I get the Bedtime Love cards as actual cards?
You can as soon as we’ve all gotten our Covid_19 hygiene protocols down. I understand that having actual cards is so satisfying. But the plus side of these printables is you can get started right away, it’s safe, and you can print out as many copies as you’d like for your family. They’re also more affordable than the actual pack of cards, which is why I request you only print them out for your family. Until then, you can get on the notification list by going to this link.
You use non-binary language in your cards and Sleepytime Club bedtime kits. Why is that?
I began using non-binary language back when I was teaching in early childhood. It began as a practical decision. Who wants to keep a spread sheet of how many girl characters were brave and active, or how many boy characters were nurturing and receptive? In the 21st century, we are seeing more parents nurture children who accept positive qualities that aren’t identifiable as male or female but human. Another thing you’ll never see in Sleepytime Club books are a mom and dad tucking a child in to bed. The journey to sleep is between a child and their caregiver. It’s love that makes a family.
Get started tonight!
How do Bedtime Love cards work?
I’ts so simple!
- Download the PDF of the cards.
- Print out pages 3 through 8. You’ll know by the illustrations and the grid of 6 cards per page.
- Have some screen-free time with your child as you cut out the cards together along the grey lines on each page. This is an opportunity to create some excitement about this new addition to bedtime.
- Put the paper cards in a special container and get ready to pull one out tonight!
If you’re very crafty around your house, glue the cards on some thicker stock paper before cutting them out. Enjoy decorating the backs of the cards.