Call a truce and avoid bedtime battles forever!
“Mommy, I’m not sleepy.”
“But I need to hug you again, Daddy!”
“I’m hungry and I have to go the bathroom.”
Do these sound familiar? These may just be the exact ones that your child says to you night after night just to avoid bed time. Kids, no matter how tired they are, just don’t seem to want to go to bed when you want them to. They make up loads of imaginative excuses involving everything from crocodiles to itchy PJs. Even If you are successful at getting them tucked into bed, they seem to find a way to get up five minutes later.
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Avoid bedtime battles forever by following these strategies:
1.) Stick to a regular bedtime routine – Plan and stick to a routine that you can follow every night. Then make sure that your child knows what to expect. Following the same routine every evening helps your child to know what is coming. Young children benefit a great deal from predictable routines. Mummy Emma who we spoke to said that her routine begins after dinner with a bath, then story time and then lights out with mummy or daddy staying with their son for about 5 mins till he’s totally settled. Then they say “Thank you for a beautiful day together. I love you. Sleep well. Good night. We’ve been doing this since he was about 9 months old and started sleeping through the night.”
2.) Be gentle but firm when you meet with resistance – If your child gets out of bed, listen to their reason, acknowledge their reason but then escort him/her back and tell your child that getting out of bed is not allowed. If your child always gets out of bed on the pretext that he/she is thirsty, then place a cup or bottle of water on the bedside table. Make sure that your child goes to the toilet before bed so that will be one less excuse to get out of bed. Anticipating possible objections will help your cause.
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