After a long, tiring day at work, we just want to take a deep slumber in the comfort of our house yet we still engage in a bedtime battle with our kids. Before we burst into anger, let’s identify the common reasons why your kids don’t want to go to bed yet and what you can do to help them manage their sleep time.
They’re not exhausted
When you thought your toddler is tired from playing all day long, you’re wrong. The truth is she’s not tired enough to be convinced for a trip to dreamland. She will do anything in her power to ask for one more glass of water or one more book to read.
Have you checked her nap time in the afternoon? Maybe she had hours of sleep that’s why she was too energized and ready for further activities in the evening. As such, make the necessary adjustments in her nap schedule and integrate outdoor play in the afternoon so that you won’t have a hard time putting your little one to sleep at night.
They’re afraid of the dark
When your child acted afraid when you’re about to leave his room, stay with him. Apparently, he is afraid of something- barking dogs outside the house, sounds of vehicles on the roads and the scary creatures hiding under the bed. This is because their imagination is so active that they can think of anything to be scared of.
That said, reassure your child that monsters don’t exist and the noisy dogs will be quiet in no time. More so, turn on his bedside lamp so that he won’t be overwhelmed with the darkness.
They just want to be with you
They are no longer babies but believe us when we say that one of the reasons for bedtime battles is separation anxiety. As often as possible, little kids want to stay with their parents even during bedtime. The presence of their loved ones next to them makes them feel safe and secure.
How about sleeping with your kids during weekends? They’ll surely love the idea of cuddling and playing with you before bedtime especially that you’ll sleep in one room. Nothing beats quality family time after all.