Bedtime at our house is often stressful. We also are transitioning from no naps and earlier bed times. My girls are 3 and 5. I was thankful to stumble across the book Whoo is Ready for Bed? My girls are very reward driven and were excited to check off everything on the list for a special gift from their new little owl friend. We are thrilled to be able to share more about the book, the author (a mom from Green Bay) and a giveaway for you to try it for yourself!
Whoo is Ready for Bed?
Whoo is Ready for Bed is an interactive children’s book that will positively reinforce a good bedtime routine. The book involves the child with a checklist of bedtime tasks and will end with a reward from a comforting and friendly owl. Whoo is Ready for Bed? is recommended for children ages 2 to 7. The set includes a board book, owl and dry erase crayon to check off tasks inside the book.
About the Author, Teryn Tilque:
Where did the idea start for your book, Whoo is Ready for Bed?
My husband, Brent, and I welcomed our 2nd child, Josephine, on November 12th, 2014. Soon after we brought her home from the hospital, Addison, our older daughter (who was a little over 2 ½ years old at the time), started developing some types of behaviors. These behaviors, which mainly revolved around bedtime, included things like crying, running and hiding. She would try anything to avoid going to bed. She even started getting out of bed at all hours of the night. It got to the point that I knew I needed to do something.
There were many different approaches my husband and I tried to improve bedtime. These included things such as a night light, rubbing her back longer, reading a couple extra books, a sound machine and extra stuffed animals, however, none of these things were working. After exhausting some of the more obvious ideas, I came up with the idea of a book that was based around a reward system. The next day, I sat down with my mother and co-author, Judith Watermolen, and together we wrote the children’s book called, “Whoo is Ready for Bed?”. After writing the book, I purchased a special owl for my daughter and that night this new parenting strategy began.
I was not sure what to expect when I first began reading the book to Addison. But after only 2 nights, her behaviors started to improve. By night 3, she was going to be bed perfectly and then received her first special treat from her owl! We were amazed and so happy with how well it worked. It truly made bedtime peaceful, fun and enjoyable again.
Since using this technique with our own daughter, I shared this parenting tool with other parents that were experiencing the same behaviors around bedtime. Each of these parents can now tell their own success story and they could not be more grateful to me for sharing this book and reward system with them. After much encouragement from these parents and my husband, I made the decision to start Chatterbox Publishing Company and publish “Whoo is Ready for Bed?”, so I could continue helping other parents struggling with the same situation.
As a mother of 2 that has struggles with bedtime, besides trying your book, what advice would you have for other parents?
To be patient.
Our children will definitely go through stages of testing us as parents. However, when we as parents demonstrate consistency, repetition, love and patience, unwanted behaviors will dissolve in time. These changes might not happen overnight, but once you start noticing a difference, all that time you will spend encouraging positive behaviors will pay off!
What is the best parenting advice you have learned from your mom?
This is an easy question!
To be a role model of positive behavior for our children.
My mother always says, even when you think your children are not listening or watching your every move, they are! We as parents are powerful role models for our children. If we want our children to learn respect, manners, friendships, confidence, love, healthy life choices, generosity and honesty, it all starts with our behaviors as a parent first.
“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming” – Haim Ginott
What’s next? Do you plan on writing any other books?
Yes, we do plan on writing more books with additional topics such as meal time, potty training, ect. We are also continuing to expand on our current book. Whoo is Ready for Bed? is sold in 7 local stores and also in 8 states across the United States!
We have a lot of fun ideas that hopefully we can share soon!
(Photo: Courtesy of Erin Hanson/Erin Jean Photography)
- Give your owl a name!
- Try for nap time too.
- Your owl may need to leave for a night if your kiddos aren’t motivated.
- Be consistent.
- Have fun!
Find more tips here.
Where to buy locally?
109 N Wisconsin St, De Pere, Wisconsin
2058 Allouez Ave, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Little More Twigs of Ledgeview
3706 Creamery Rd De Pere, Wisconsin
124 N Broadway # E, De Pere, Wisconsin
770 Willard Dr, Green Bay, Wisconsin
2180 S Ridge Rd, Green Bay, Wisconsin
345 Cardinal Ln, Howard, Wisconsin
Where to buy online?
Book can be purchased direct from: whooisreadyforbed.com
Positive Reward Treat Examples:
- candy or chocolate
- movie tickets
- sand toys
- art or craft supplies
- favorite snack
- bathtub toy
- stuffed animal
- dress-up clothes
- toy car/truck/plane
Here are a couple suggestions from Amazon.
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Now, your chance to WIN a set! We have a Whoo is Ready for Bed? set (book and owl) for one luck family! To enter tell us about your bedtime routine in a comment below.
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PSS… Go Valley Kids received a complimentary book in order to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.