Early School Radio Shows Sleep — 28 February 2014
Bedtime Struggles

Getting kids to bed at a decent time.

Bedtime Struggles

Is your child’s bedtime getting later and later? Maybe your child wants another drink of water, another story, another cuddle and sleep time is not 10 or 11 pm. What to do?  Well, consider going with the flow for just a bit, says Nicolas Long, author of Parenting the Strong Willed Child.

“Children get into a certain rhythm in terms of their day, night and sleep cycle. If you consistently have a child who is not falling asleep until 10 o’clock, we encourage parents to temporarily move their bedtime up to closer to ten o’clock so that they are naturally tired and you’re not going to have all the struggle.  So you move their bedtime up temporarily to ten o’clock, put them to bed with minimal fuss, wait until they’re going to bed consistently and falling asleep quickly at 10 o’clock and then you move it back by 10 r 15 minutes every day until you move back to the target bedtime which might be 8 o’clock at night.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Nicolas Long, author of Parenting the Strong Willed Child.
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