is a popular parenting
tradition in the West that involves, to a greater or lesser extent, rituals made to help children
feel more secure , and become accustomed to a comparatively more rigid schedule of sleep than they would sometimes prefer. It may involve stories
, nursery rhymes
, and/or methods of coaxing the children into changing into their pajamas
In boarding schools and on trips or holidays that involve young people, the equivalent of bedtime is lights-out.
Sometimes the term is used to mean simply "time for bed," similar to curfew.