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Posts Tagged With ‘ bedtime routine ’

Are You An Exhausted Parent Looking For Tips On Parenting Without Power Struggles At Bedtime?

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Each night it is the same thing — a bedtime battle with children, every step of your bedtime routines. First, your child refuses to put on pajamas, then doesn’t want to brush teeth. The more you remind and push, the firmer your child refuses to cooperate. You end up raising your voices at each other and feel like you are going in circles. Ultimately, you both go to bed angry. Like most parents, you’ve probably have a busy life.  You rush to pick up your child, then go home to make dinner. After taking care of the household chore list, your evening is full of many other activities.  By... (Read More ...)

How Can I Help My Child Through Bedtime Tantrums Caused By Fear?

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For months bedtime went smoothly.  You follow the daily bedtime routine; tuck your children in, give a kiss, leave and they drift off to sleep.  Recently, one of your children has become scared and is afraid there is a monster under the bed.  You reassure your child that there is no monster, but he insists.  Despite all your promises, “magic sprays” and pep talks, the fears escalate into bedtime tantrums or your child ends up coming out of the room screaming and in tears.  You are stumped and exhausted from the drama. There are many different types of bedtime problems parents may experience.... (Read More ...)

What Do You Do When Children Wake In The Middle of the Night and Want to Sleep In The Family Bed?

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  It is the middle of the night. You are suddenly woken up. Your child is poking you saying, “Can I sleep with you?” You are too tired to get up so you let your child squeeze into your bed. You toss and turn the rest of the night because you have a foot in your side and hand in your face. Getting children to stay in bed all night is a common bedtime problem, especially when children are insecure or lonely.  If this is the case for your child, you may be considering having a family bed.  Read the article “Is The Family Bed An Option For You?” to help you make a decision. Once you... (Read More ...)

Not Sleeping Comfortably In The Family Bed?

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 Your child was insecure at night. You started the habit of letting your child sleep in the family bed. Lately, you have been waking up in the middle of the night. Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net You are unable to get back to sleep because you feel like you are hanging on the edge of the bed. Finally, you decide to get out of bed and go sleep on the couch. Now that your child has gotten bigger, you want to stop this habit. Are you finding that as your child gets older there doesn’t seem to be enough room in the family bed for everyone to sleep comfortably?  Do you... (Read More ...)

Looking for Bedtime Routines To Make Bedtime Peaceful?

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 It’s time for your children to get ready for bed. You say, “Time to go brush your teeth.” One whines, “But I don’t want to brush my teeth.” The other says, “I want to keep playing.” Your spouse steps in and says, “You both need to get in the bathroom and start brushing those teeth.” The children just complain and whine louder. You threaten, “If you don’t brush your teeth now, there will be no story time.” This just escalates the situation and now the complaining has turned into temper tantrums. You probably know the basic “5 B’s” of bedtime routines:... (Read More ...)