Keep the Evening Calm
After a busy day, kids need a peaceful transition to the stillness of bedtime. Post-dinner activities should be low-key -- reading, drawing, or playing board games -- rather than going to the playground or watching an action-packed video. Preserving this quiet time may be more of a challenge for parents who are just arriving home from work and haven't seen their child all day. Working parents are also more likely to let their kids stay up later. "Resist this urge," Dr. Weissbluth says. "Without enough sleep, they'll be overtired and cranky."