Bedtime Strategy # 2 – Plan Your Attack. How often have you tried to initiate bedtime, only to be thwarted by the “I’m hungry” defense? It’s easy to dismiss if we’re sure they ate a solid dinner, but on those nights, that dinner was light or a little early, and there’s a chance the kid is actually hungry and he/she may have a point. Of course, we give them a bowl of cereal before bed, but you’ve just conditioned the child to get a 20-minute extension just by faking some hunger pangs. Yes, Pangs… (I recently learned its pangs and not pains and don’t know why). This leads us to Bedtime Strategies – Plan your Attack
Bedtime Strategy – SOLUTION:
Consider the hunger argument before you announce bedtime. If there is a chance that they could be worthy of a nightcap, then ask before you even mention bedtime. You’re likely to get a more genuine answer from them and they will learn that “bedtime” is bedtime with no excuses.
We invite you to share with us your strategies for getting kids more shuteye (besides Benadryl).