Today is your day!
TO REGAINING CONTROL
OF YOUR CHILD'S BEDTIME
Let me guess, you try so hard to make bedtime a quick, easy, and happy part of the day, you have great intentions every night going into your kiddo's bedtime routine, you may even make a plan to get yourself all hyped up and ready to rock bedtime. And then your child somehow figures out how to make you so desperate for him or her to go to sleep that you end up just going along with whatever your kiddo is demanding (or that you bribe him or her with). All of your hopes, plans, intentions all go out the window.
Deep breath. If this sounds like you, you are certainly not alone. This is one the the biggest frustrations I hear from parents of toddlers and preschoolers. You might be surprised to hear that one of the biggest downsides of giving-in at bedtime, in addition to feeling frustrated, ending the day with reprimands, losing your night to a long/drawn-out/child-lead bedtime routine, is that it can also affect overnight sleep. Research has shown us over and over that consistent bedtime routines that end in a child falling asleep independently is the biggest predictors of uninterrupted sleep overnight.
Here's the good news. The first step to regaining control of your child's bedtime routine is setting some boundaries. And although setting boundaries can be challenging, it is within your control. Think of a boundary as the four sides of a box. The sides of the box are the limits, the furthest you are willing to compromise in a certain situation. There can be lots of freedom, movement, compromise inside the box. But the limits of the situation end at the walls of the box. In situations where you feel out of control, boundaries are critical. I am going to walk you through how to determine what boundaries need to be set, and how to begin implementing them.
Cheers to a quick, easy, and happy bedtime routine!