Bed time

KMarie - posted on 08/16/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old has become a great negotiator. He has worked up the skills to talk me out of his bedtime, which is at 8:30 PM. When it''s time for bed he's either hungry, itchy, thirsty, wants a bedtime story, forgot to brush his teeth or wants to give me a hug... the list goes on and on. How can I get this kid to go to bed?

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Sarah - posted on 08/16/2015

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Set a certain routine and that is it... .no extras. 1 book, 1 drink, 1 hug, 1 kiss and good night and that is it.....the rest gets a no or just walked back to bed. You are the parent now you need to act like the parent.

Jodi - posted on 08/16/2015

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Stop allowing yourself to be manipulated. If he doesn't get to bed on time, you move his bedtime forward 1/2 hour so he CAN get to bed on time. Make it clear, he WILL be in bed by 8:30. If he is going to stall and make excuses, he will have to go to bed earlier. Or have a set routine in place that includes all of these things in the lead up to bed time - many of the things you mentioned should be part of a well established bedtime routine anyway. It's not like you should be just saying "okay, it's 8:30, time for bed". You should actually be supervising a decent routine that includes a quick supper, cleaning teeth, heading to bed, sitting in his bedroom reading a book with him, then lights out (or something like that).

But honestly, you need to learn to say no too.

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