5 Habits for a Calming Summer Evening with Kids



Summer evenings can be delightful but can also be filled with chaotic energy if everyone is overtired after a long, hot day. Establishing calming habits in the evening can help create a peaceful atmosphere and ensure a good night’s sleep for both children and parents. Let’s explore five habits that can transform your summer evenings into tranquil moments of connection and relaxation with your kids.


1. A Nature Walk Before Bed

Taking a leisurely nature walk with your kids before bedtime offers numerous benefits. Not only does it provide an opportunity for physical activity, but it also aids digestion and helps settle them for the evening. Encourage your children to observe and engage with the natural world around them, fostering a sense of wonder and tranquillity.


2. Lukewarm Bath with Soothing Flowers

A lukewarm bath infused with calming flowers like chamomile and lavender can work wonders in promoting relaxation. These flowers are known for their soothing properties, helping to calm restless minds and bodies. Consider incorporating gentle music or storytelling during bath time to enhance the calming effect.


3. Grounding and Nourishing Meals

What we eat significantly affects our overall well-being, including our sleep quality. Opt for grounding and nourishing meals in the evenings, particularly those featuring complex carbohydrates. Foods like whole grains, sweet potatoes, and legumes provide sustained energy and help regulate serotonin levels, promoting a sense of calm and contentment.


4. Embrace Natural Light and Rhythm

As the sun sets, embrace the natural rhythm of the day by gradually reducing artificial lighting in your home. Dimming the lights and relying on natural light creates a soothing ambiance and signals to your children’s bodies that it’s time to unwind. This can help regulate their internal body clocks and promote healthy sleep patterns.

Consider adding a Himalayan Salt Lamp to enhance the calming effect with its soft, warm glow. The lamp’s natural orange glow is believed to impact mood, reducing stress and anxiety positively. It can also help purify the air by releasing negative ions, which can improve overall air quality.


5. Establish a Family Ritual

Creating a family ritual can be a wonderful way to foster connection and create a calming evening routine. Consider incorporating a nightly gratitude practice or saying a prayer before bed. These rituals provide an opportunity for reflection, gratitude, and expression of love and appreciation, setting the stage for a peaceful and restful sleep.


You can create a calming and nurturing environment that promotes relaxation and prepares them for a restful night’s sleep. Remember, these habits benefit your children and can contribute to a more peaceful and enjoyable evening for your partner and yourself. 

For more tips on creating a peaceful evening and bedtime rhythm, check out my article, Creating a Peaceful Evening & Bedtime Rhythm. It offers additional insights and practical tips to enhance your evening routine and promote a calm atmosphere for your family.


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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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