Last year when my mom came to town and stayed with us around Oliver's birthday, she unknowingly started a "thing". Turns out it was an awesome thing!
Every night after bath and teeth brushing and stuffed guy choosing, either Nick or I sit in the chair with him for a few minutes before putting him to bed. Thanks to my mom, our way of getting him to wind down and settle in for sleep is to talk through the day.
It started out, like I said, with my Ollie & my mom discussing all the fun things they had done that day. We went to the store! Grandma bought you a Car!
Now it's an every night tradition and I LOVE IT. Most days are the same... we went to school, ate lunch with friends, came home & had dinner and playtime... but it's the perfect way to remind yourself to look for something good and fun and positive in every day.
I highly recommend it.