Bedtime routine - Establish a bedtime routine. Children are
less resistant to going to bed when they are prepared fo rit.
For example, every night have them take a bath and brush their
teeth. Have them get in their pajamas and read a bedtime story.
With an established routine, they will know it is bedtime
once story time is over.
Are they sleeping too much during the day? - Take a look at
nap time. How long are they sleeping? What time are they getting
up in the morning? Have you set a reasonable bedtime? Watch
your child for sleepiness cues and use this to establish your
Nip the "I'm thirsties" in the bud. One of children's
favorite excuses to get out of bed is saying "I'm thirsty"
or "I have to go to the bathroom". Include a trip
to the bathroom and a small glass of water in your bedtime
Noise - Is the TV set blaring when your children go to bed?
Now is the time to dim all the lights and turn the TV way
down or off. Kids, like adults, have difficulty sleeping with
noise in the background.
If your children insist on getting out of bed, return them
right back to bed. If you allow them to get up, even for a
few minutes, it reinforces this behavior. If they see they
can get out of bed they will continue with the stall tactics.
Putting them back in bed promptly will help eliminate this
"Mom, I'm not tired...." - Who hasn't heard this
one? You can get your kids to stay in bed, but you won't always
be able to get them to sleep. Let your child know that they
need to rest even if they don't feel sleepy. Instruct them
to rest quietly in their bed until they are sleepy.