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I’m a parenting expert and here’s why your kids don’t go to bed on time

PARENTS Young children need patience, understanding, and sometimes outside help.

A holistic parenting specialist is here to provide that support to parents who are going through the trials and tribulations that young children bring.

Most of us have had to deal with a child who often refuses to go to bed on time

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Most of us have had to deal with a child who often refuses to go to bed on timeCredit: TikTok
If you want your child to stick to bedtime, you may have to change your approach, says one parenting expert.

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If you want your child to stick to bedtime, you may have to change your approach, says one parenting expert.Credit: TikTok

A woman named Crystal, online @HolisticHomeJourney, has amassed a following for her family advice videos.

In a recent clip, she tackled a topic that all parents know well: try to get kids obedient before bed.

When a follower asked Crystal about a “reasonable consequence” for disciplining her six-year-old for a bedtime fight, Crystal replied:

“Instead of looking for consequences, I would look for a solution to a need: Why doesn’t a six-year-old want to go to sleep?”

Then she lays out potential reasons for parents to consider.

“I’m going to give you some of the things that come to my mind and you can see if anything resonates,” she said.

“Is the child active enough during the day, or are they constantly being asked to sit down, be quiet, sit still?”

Potential second reason: “Can the child demonstrate and expand on any upcoming developmental skills?

“They are curious about everything; They want to know about everything. Do you have to deal with these things all day to keep your mind off of it all night? ” she added, while signaling a mind spinning with thoughts.

Continuing with the list, she asked, “Are they getting your attention other than scrambling for that bedtime?”

Her fourth underlying reason begs the question of whether the child engages in some sort of habit of squabbling before hitting the hay. If they don’t have any time to go into “bedtime mode,” they may end up having too much energy and not wanting to sleep.

“Is the child scared or uncomfortable?” she wondered.

“Does the child have an option so that if they are not tired, they can lie in bed and do something like play with a stuffed animal?”

Commenters greatly appreciated the advice, with some additional tactics that worked for them:

“Is the child’s bedtime too early for them? I adjust my kids’ bedtimes regularly,” said one.

“My son struggles with going to sleep because his brain won’t shut down due to ADHD. We use Headspace to help calm him down to bed,” another added, referring to the popular meditation app.

“Watch one last movie or shower before bed when it’s time to relax,” a third wrote.

It is very helpful for parents to hear from experienced professionals as it gives them a different perspective.

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It is very helpful for parents to hear from experienced professionals as it gives them a different perspective.Credit: TikTok

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17098996/parenting-expert-why-kids-wont-follow-bedtime-fix-it/ I’m a parenting expert and here’s why your kids don’t go to bed on time

Tom Vazquez

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