In a perfect world, kids would cooperate at bedtime and drift off to sleep without a peep.
In the real world, convincing your child to go to bed and stay in bed can be utterly exhausting. Pushing limits at bedtime is something that most children do (even my teenager still tries to eek out a few extra minutes before lights out) but persistent stalling and negotiating every night can try the patience of even the most tolerant moms and dads.
If your child is resisting bedtime because they haven’t learned to put themselves to sleep without you – in other words if they need you to sit with them or lay down with them in order to fall asleep – then a sleep coaching strategy that involves working your way out of the room gradually is the way to go. If, on the other hand, your child knows how to put themselves to sleep and is stalling because they just don’t want to go to bed, you may be able to solve the problem with a simple and effective strategy called the Bedtime Pass.
To learn how to use it effectively, check out the full article here.