"Bedtime is time to fall asleep..."
Sleep. It's not really the gift that keeps on giving, it's the issue that keeps on issuing. For many mamas and papas out there, sleep issues are top on their lists for frustrations and challenges. Some kids sleep like they've been knocked out every night promptly at 7pm. Other kids fight their sleep until double-digit hours, night after night. We once thought we had champion sleepers. Now, however, we don't question that we don't.
Ellen recently emailed about her 3-year old, who has just discovered an ability to protest bedtime:
My 3 year old, who has been cheerfully (for the most part) and consistently going to sleep easily since he was 5 months old, is now protesting bedtime and has started getting out of his room. He ends up exhausted and we are exasperated with trying to coax and convince him to settle into sleep. I am wondering if anyone has advice on this one. We are looking for a loving, but firm, way to communicate that bedtime is time to fall asleep. We have not been co-sleeping or staying with him until he falls asleep and are not planning on starting either of these approaches. I have been fantasizing about a bed tent that would frustrate his wandering tendencies but would also be safe and kid-friendly in look and design.