Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ok, so here's the question: is your child tired?  As a parent, you know when your child is tired and trying to stay awake.  If this is the case, please take a look at our page on getting your child to relax and sleep gently.  However, please entertain the possibility that your child isn't tired.

But, Jenn!  They need their sleep.  I agree, they do, but remember kids are people too.  How would you feel if someone came in and forced you to lie down when you were wide awake?  You probably wouldn't like it.  You might get frustrated or angry.  You might feel like people weren't listening to you.  Kids are no different.  If they aren't tired and we try to force it, it becomes a frustrating experience for both parties.

So what do you do?  First, try to consider why your child isn't tired.  Are you trying to put them to bed too early based on pressure from outside sources like your pediatrician.  Did your child have too long of a nap or sleep too late?  Recognizing the root of the issue will help you avoid it in the future.

For now, here are some ideas.

 Don't force them to bed.  You'll spend a long time fighting and getting frustrated.  If you need them to go to bed, try one of these methods to get them to sleep more gently.  If you are flexible, consider letting them come back into the family room or guiding them to play quietly in their room or read books while they unwind.



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