I don’t have any problems getting my 3 year old and 5 year old ready for bed.
I know you do though.
If getting your little ones into bed were easy peasy you wouldn’t have been so interested in reading this post, now would you?
I don’t mean to gloat but I’m just so happy that I can get two kids into bed very easily and it doesn’t require much effort to do it either. Seriously, the only thing I do is threaten them. Yup, thats right, I threaten them.
Is that the side eye you’re giving me? I can feel it. Like you don’t threaten your kids…
Threaten is such a harsh word huh? It gets a bad wrap, but let me explain. Every night my kids go to bed at 8:30pm. When the clock strikes 8:30, I say “Time for bed guys!” The response I want to hear every night is “Okie mommy!” But who am I kidding? Every now and then I hear:
“I don’t want to go to bed!”
Or my favorite “I’m not tired!” (As if that even matters).
If this happens my kids know they have to go to bed an hour early the next night. And no one wants to go to bed at 7:30pm while everyone is still up!
So that’s the threat, if you whine or give any pushback when it’s time for bed, you have to go to bed an hour early the next night. And when the next night comes we COMMIT. This is the only way it will work, if you commit. They need to see that you deliver on your threats. And you if you have any other children who get to witness the delivery of said threat, they too will understand you’re serious.
Around 5pm hubby and I start announcing the early bed time for all offenders…
“Last night you complained about going to bed and because of that you have to go to bed early. Which means we need to take your bath now and you won’t have much time to play or use the computer because you have to go to bed early.” We say this about 3x until bath time to really hone it in.
Then during bath time we remind the offender, “I really hope you don’t have to go to bed early tomorrow as well. As long as you go to bed early tonight with no complaining you will go to bed at your normal bed time tomorrow. But if you decide you’re going to whine or complain about going to bed early tonight, then unfortunately, you will have to go to bed early tomorrow as well. Do you want that?”
The answer is always NO and they go to bed early with NO PROBLEMS. The following night because they experienced the early bed time, they give no problems as well. And the non offending child witnessed the punishment and surely doesn’t want to experience an early bedtime.