Oh, the the bedtime battles! "Just one more hug!" "I'm thirsty." "Lay with meeeeeee!" It's like negotiating with tiny, adorable dictators who have no concept of why sleep is important. To them, it's just a boring time-out from all the fun stuff they could be doing, like building pillow forts or playing with legos.
But don't worry, my fellow sleep-deprived parents! I'm here with my bedtime tips to make bedtime a happy and stress-free experience for everyone involved. No more tears, no more tantrums, just peaceful nights and happy mornings.
Are you ready, parents? Let's do this!
Here's how to tackle those pesky bedtime battles:
Powerful bedtime choices: Lock in - Negotiate - Give Up
Lock in: First, you gotta state the rules, like "brush your teeth, then books." Then give them verbal cues like "crawl under your covers" or "say goodnight to Dad." And if they still protest, just keep repeating yourself until they give in. Stick to your guns, stay cool, and you'll come out on top!
Negotiate: If you wanna make a deal, offer 'em a choice. "Do you wanna wear the green jammies or the blue ones?" "Do you want two or three kisses?" You get the idea.
Give In: Sometimes, you gotta know when to wave the white flag. When my daughter begged to sleep in my bed, I occasionally decided to give in. She clearly needed the connection and bonding time, and we both got the rest we really needed. Just make sure it's the right choice for you and your busy schedule as it will throw off the routine moving forward.
Whether you lock in, negotiate, or give in, the end goal is less bedtime battles. Getting more restful nights so we can be bright and take on tomorrow!
Finally, a few final keys to help reducing bedtime battles:
As the day comes to a close, let's not forget that our little ones crave connection. Those pesky bedtime battles might just be a sign that they're seeking our attention and affection. So, before we dive headfirst into battle mode, take a quick moment to ask yourself, "Have I hugged my kiddo today?" A quick 1-2 minute cuddle sesh and a sprinkle of empathy can work wonders. And hey, before you know it, your little one will be snoozing like a champ and you'll be wondering where the time went! So, let's cherish these moments and keep on lovin' those kiddos!
Hey there! Amber here, your resident nature tot teacher and lover of all things cute and cuddly (yes, that includes my golden retriever).