Your child age matters
Your child will probably accept going to bed more easily if you and he work together on the time for good night although you have the final say, his point of view worth considering just when when he should go to bed depends on how much sleep he needs. And that depends on his age his health his day’s activities, and what kind of persons he is. Your 6 year-old, for instance, probably requires about eleven hours of sleep and your 11 year old may do nicely with nice.
If your child bounces guilty out of bed in the morning, full of zip,he is probably getting enough sleep.If he gets up long before family rising time, may be he is going to bed too early.If you have to drag him from his slumbers, he probably is not getting enough rest.
Your 6 to 12 year old should be able to understand why he has a particular bedtime and the importance of rest to his own well –being. But,although he understands all this, he still may balk when the hour comes.
If you let him know fifteen minutes or so in advance that time is approaching, he is likely to put up less of a fuss.No one wants to be interrupted in the middle of an activity with an abrupt “time to quit”. Another idea along this line is to help him plan his evening projects in advance so there won’t be a last-minute rush.Then, too, activities should take on a calm , quiet tone as bedtime draws near.
It is sometimes hard to bring about this before bedtime calm. Some children get fussier and more excitable in the evening.The tireder they get,the less willing they may be to call it quits.If your child acts this way,he will get along better if you very firmly take him in hand and start him to bed.
He will accept this more happily if special treats are connected with this hour. Perhaps a glass of milk or some fruit has a soothing effect. Younger children love to have a story. Older ones probably prefer to read their own, but may enjoy a little visit with you.
It is daytime for you to listen quietly while your child talks about his today and considers his tomorrow. You make have an evening prayer, or a goodnight song that you sing together demand every night.
Retails appeal in younger children as having a kind of magic effect in protecting them from the perils of giving up and trusting themselves to sleep. They may also want a special teddy or blanket or book or the new theory of shoes to keep them company. Such bed mates bring comfort and won’t cause any harm. Older youngsters usually have overcome their bedtime fears and have less need for a set pattern of retiring.
Comfortable bed and quiet room
If your child has a comfortable bed in a quiet room, he is likely to relax and go to sleep more easily. He also should have a bed that is large enough for him a firm mattress and light but warm bed clothing even with all this in his favor, your youngster may put you through a few more paces before he is ready to settle down.
After you have said your supposedly last goodnight, you may bear such a complaints I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I humped my foot. If you calmly and definitely let your child know that you know these are excuses to stay up and that you you are not falling for them, he is likely to give in pretty quickly.