Bedtime struggles

Jan 7, 2014, 10:50 PM | Updated: 10:50 pm
...

Do you have trouble putting your child to bed? Does your child like to get out of bed after you leave the room? Many parents struggle with this same situation. Getting your child to bed may be the most difficult part of the day.

It is easy to get upset with children at the end of the day when you and your child are tired. Here are some tips to help you get through the night without getting upset or frustrated.

Set a routine. Have a set routine­ meaning that each day you do the same things in the same order as they get ready for bed. Be consistent in the time you start getting your children ready for bed.

Give your child choices. Give your child choices like which book they'd like to read or what pajamas they want to wear. Giving choices when they are young helps children learn and become independent as they make decisions. Giving your child choices can help your child understand what is expected of him and can help him later in life as well as now.

Use a calm comforting voice. Set firm loving limits, without using threats, lecturing or anger. It is important to use a calm, comforting voice when talking to your child.

Give warnings. Tell your children, “You have 5 minutes until you have to get ready for bed.” This warning will help them make the adjustment to bedtime.

Be flexible but be in charge. Have a set amount of time for the routine. It’s ok to spend a little more time than usual on a particular step of the routine but don’t spend too much time on any step.

Have both parents involved in the bedtime routine if possible. Using different parenting styles can help you and your child learn. Work together to help your child learn and grow.

Show empathy and help your child feel understood when children don’t want to go to bed just yet.

Getting a child to bed may be difficult, but not impossible. Be intentional about the way you interact with your child and remember to never give up!

Eyes on Parenting

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Teen arrested for allegedly accidently shooting 17-year-old in Phoenix

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon following a fatal shooting in Phoenix, authorities said. 
5 months ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

1-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning incident in Phoenix

A 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition after drowning in a pool in Phoenix on Saturday, authorities said.
1 year ago
(File Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona students get lower standardized test results during the pandemic

Results from statewide testing done in the spring provide a first look at how the pandemic has impacted students across Arizona.
1 year ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

10-month-old in critical condition after drowning incident in East Valley

A 10-month-old boy in the East Valley was hospitalized Sunday evening following a drowning incident, authorities said.
1 year ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

2-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning in Phoenix

A 2-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition after drowning in a pool in Phoenix on Saturday, authorities said.
1 year ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

4-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning in Phoenix

A 4-year-old boy was taken to a local pediatric hospital in extremely critical condition after a drowning incident on Monday, authorities said.
1 year ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Bedtime struggles