Do your kids find ways to avoid bedtime? Like many parents, are you baffled by getting them to stay in bed? Look inside to find out how family meetings can help.
"There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm not tired.
I can't sleep.
I have to go to the bathroom
Parents around the world hear these complaints every night. Some parents yell. Some get hooked into answering every bellyache. Some figure out how to stop bedtime battles. Now you can use the family meeting to solve this problem.
The Family Meeting:
This is the time to ask your kids questions. Listen to their solutions. They might be tougher on themselves than you would be.
Why don't kids stay in bed at bedtime?
How could a routine help?
What should parents do when kids keep getting out of bed?
How late should kids stay up on weekends? Why?
What is a reasonable bedtime routine you'd like to follow?
What should happen if you don't follow your routine?
Research tells us that kids obey rules better if they help to develop them. Test this theory on your kids. Let me know the results.
Of course, you're the parent. You have the final say. Don't agree to anything you might regret later.
Please share your experiences below.
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