We've all had the misfortune of trying to get a small (often disagreeable) child to go to bed, often with a lot of screaming and tears, not to mention the child.
Even though kids get cranky when they are tired, they don't seem to ever want to go to sleep! It's a constant headache for caregivers, and I'm sure you have tried everything from bribery, to time-out threats, and even begging.
What you really need to do is understand why children resist their bedtime, and solve those problems with gentle but firm rules.
Choose The Best Bedtime Together
Don't be surprised when they say "never" with a giggle! Keep in mind that most children need nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, and use a picture of a clock to pick out the best time together, so they feel like they have helped make the decision!
Keep It Consistent
This is tricky when your week starts to get hectic, but the best way to ensure they are ready to fall asleep when their bedtime arrives is to stay regular.
Turn Off Screens
It doesn't matter whether it's a TV, phone, or tablet, as all of them affect your child's hormonal balance.
Even half an hour of screen time will keep your child up for another two hours!
But how do you create the perfect environment for sleep?