A few tips on dealing with those bedtime battles.
Many kids hate the idea of separating from mom and dad at the end of the day, leading to bedtime battles. While it’s the job of parents to be firm about bedtime, it doesn’t mean we can’t listen to our children’s complaints. In fact Mike Nichols author of Stop Arguing With Your Kids says we can get further by listening and responding to their protests in a fun, loving, yet firm manner. “If your child doesn’t want to go to bed, you can allow that to be the case that they don’t want to go to bed. In fact, you can make a game out of it. ‘You’d like to stay up until 9 o’clock, you’d like to stay up until midnight. You’d like to stay up forever!’ So let the child not want to go to bed, let the child not be tired. Allow that to be the case and even enjoy talking about it. . But when it’s time to go to bed, you take the child’s hand and say ‘now we’re going to bed’. You be very clear with your voice, your intention and with your body language.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Mike Nichols author of Stop Arguing With Your Kids.
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