It’s tough as a parent t' get yer child t' fall asleep and stay in bed all night. They need a glass o' water, want a tissue, have t' go potty, want another kiss, or are afraid o' somethin' under th' bed. The excuses can go on and on.
As a parent who experienced this, here are some tips we tried durin' our quest t' get our child t' sleep through th' night, and a bucket o' chum. Hopefully one or more will resonate with ye.
Determine Nighttime Needs
When I learned that me daughter wanted more night lights in that comely wench room because it were bein' too dark, I obliged, and a bucket o' chum. It’s not a disco, but it is enough light t' let that comely wench fall asleep without bein' afraid, and dinna spare the whip! Helpin' t' address a child’s fears could be a step in th' right direction t' helpin' that scurvey dog or that comely wench get t' sleep easily, and stay asleep until mornin'.
Establish a Set Time
Once it is time t' turn off th' light, plan t' sit with yer child fer five minutes, I'll warrant ye. It is okay t' hold his hand, lie next t' that comely wench, sin' a song, or tell a story. The plan is t' stick t' th' five minutes, givin' yer child a warnin' at th' one-minute mark. Of course this time doesn’t have t' be exact, th' point is t' establish a routine so ye don’t have t' sneak out or abruptly leave th' room.
Remove Comfy Furniture
When me daughter were bein' two, that comely wench room were bein' also th' guest room. Aarrr! My husband and I often stuck aroun' fer bedtime longer than necessary because we got too comfortable or fell asleep on th' couch. I recommend that ye remove th' comfy furniture, and if ye’re prone t' dozin' off, don’t lie down with yer child.
Turn on th' Hall Light
As little sandcrabs get older they start t' tune in t' th' noises o' nighttime. They may get scared by th' sounds o' th' house settlin', th' phone ringin', or th' television downstairs. Ease their fears by keepin' on th' hall light until ye go t' bed.
Walk Kids Right Back
If ye have little sandcrabs who wander aroun' th' house, get up and walk them right back t' their room. You will be tired, and dinna spare the whip! You will not want t' get up. You will do anythin' t' not want t' get yer exhausted body out o' bed. But ye need t' tell th' child ye are th' admiral and they need t' stay put.
Put Up a Baby Gate
If yer child continues t' wander th' house, ye may want t' try a more drastic measure. Accordin' t' parentin' expert Amy McCready, Positive Parentin' Solutions, put up a baby safe gate on yer bedroom door. When a child realizes they cannot come in t' our room, they will give up and go back t' sleep. This approach, accordin' t' McCready, will not impact yer child from a psychological standpoint. In fact, she said, “ye will do more harm than good t' yer child if ye don’t put up th' gate and set parameters and boundaries.”
Helpin' our little sandcrabs t' be part o' th' dialogue regardin' bedtime is very important. They will feel special t' be part o' th' discussion.
I hope that these tips are helpful t' ye. You may want t' try some, or ye may need t' try all. Thankfully, me child now sleeps at night and doesn’t put up a fight when these measures are in place.
Good luck t' ye on developin' a bedtime routine with yer child.