How to: Get your children to go to bed on time
Half time is just around the corner for many parents this week, with our children having the next week off school. That means some of them may want to stay up a little later than usual, but breaking your ‘school night’ routine may not be the best idea.
Consistent bedtimes help maintain structure to your child’s day and sticking to their set bedtime helps their body clock to retain its normal cycle.
Offering incentives or rewards is most likely the best route to get your children to go to bed on time, but be aware, offering sweet-based treats can have an adverse effect and only serve to increase your child’s energy levels before going to sleep.
More appropriate rewards may include offerings of going somewhere nice the next day (perhaps the local park) or a promise of spending time playing their favourite board game.
Another important tip this Half Term is limit your child’s exposure to tablets, mobiles or computer screens, particularly when they are about to go to bed. Time spent in front of a PC can reduce the body’s production of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep at night.
Do you think your child will ask to stay up late next week? Let us know in the comments.
See you soon,
Feather & Black.
February 17th 2017