The picture above is from the video “El Camion de la Leche.” It was shot in the Blogger Nicole Presley’s East Los Angeles neighborhood and you can see her and her son in part of the video. It’s really sweet and I love that it recalls the days when milk trucks would deliver bottles to your door. More than 50 of Nicole’s friends and neighbors came out for the video to enjoy a glass of milk before bed.
One of the things I’ve loved about working with the California Milk Advisory Board and the Latina Mom Bloggers is that the other bloggers and I have been able to talk about our children’s bedtime routines. It’s been so bittersweet for me because I wrote a post about the difficulty getting my boys to go to bed now that they’re 7 and 8. We’ve tried milk before bedtime in the hopes it would help them sleep and we’ve really enjoyed reading the bilingual bedtime stories like Las Olas de La Luna, which you can find and download here.
Then the other night my boys put on their pajamas, brushed their teeth, turned off the light, and went to bed. I did nothing. I didn’t have to tell them that it was time to go to bed. I didn’t have to tell them 10 times to put on their pajamas. And I didn’t get a chance to read them a story. It made me happy and sad at the same time. I love reading to them and playing songs like this one from the adorable Milk bedtime commercial. And I love to give them a hug before bed. But on the other hand it made me happy that they were able to get themselves to sleep on their own and get a good night’s sleep, which is the goal, right?
When I was a little girl I never wanted to go to bed. Ever. I would sneak out of my room, tiptoe down the hallway and sit in the corner not making a sound. My parents would watch Johnny Carson or reruns of the Dick Van Dyke show (I was obsessed with Rob and Laura Petri and their perfect house in New Rochelle and Rob’s comedy writing job in Manhattan so far away from Tucson).
Sometimes my parents would find me asleep in the hall and carry me to bed. Other times they would see me and drag me back to bed. My mom would tell me it was time for “Mimi’s” and she would sing the “Mimi Lu Lu” song and I would drift off to sleep.
I thought that everyone had this experience and everyone knew this song. I would mention it to other kids and they thought I was crazy. From then on I thought my mom had made it up. Then in my 20s I met a woman who knew the song. She even had lyrics.
My version has no lyrics and when I sing it to my boys. They know it as “Mimi mimi mimi lu lu, mimi mimi mimi lu lu.” I’m not terribly creative so it just goes like that until they fall asleep. They seem to love it.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our bedtime routine and how it can create special memories for kids. Latina Mom Bloggers and the California Milk Processor Board sent me the adorable bedtime story “Las Olas de La Luna” that I’ve been reading to my boys in both English and Spanish. There is an entire collection of bedtime stories here that you can read to your kids while they sip on a glass of milk before bed.
I hope that when my boys get older, they think of the crazy song their mom sang to them and ask their friends if they’ve heard about the Mimis and the Lu Lus.
This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
One of my claims to fame with my circle of friends was that I could get my kids to go to bed every night at 7. I’m not much of a routine person; they never had a nap schedule that I kept to, but bedtime was a different story. Every night, my husband or I would read a story to our boys and they would climb into bed and go to sleep.
Well, I knew that it couldn’t last forever and over the last year, bedtime has gotten harder and harder. My boys are 7 and 8 now and they go to bed between 8 or 8:30. And sometimes they go to sleep and sometimes they get up 10 times because they’re hungry, want a glass of water, or want to see what we’re doing. Even the nights they’ve gone to bed late, one of them will stay up and call “Mama…mama….mama..mamamamamamamamammama…MAMA!” I’m at my wits end and I’m about to turn to an old fashioned remedy to see if it works.
The California Milk Processor’s board has an adorable new commercial about getting kids to sleep. Having a glass of milk before bed may help kids to sleep better and be more alert the next day. In researching this, it appears that there it could be a psychological reason that it helps. It’s comforting like a warm blanket. And milk is a protein rich food that will satiate their hunger.
We’ll see what happens, but in the meantime check out the “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” (it’s time to go to bed) television spot that is airing on Univsion and Telemundo between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the west coast. It’s so cute.