Bed time can be one of the most frustrating and difficult times. I learned this, thankfully, when my son was young, and used this method for almost any difficulty.
I have passed it along to other parents and am amazed by how many said it failed, but they would admit they did not follow through to the letter.
Once they tried the method again, faithfully, I would hear how well it did indeed work. While two weeks of solid concentration and devotion for this can be trying and difficult, can you imagine that if the problem were solved, a two week investment is well worth the effort! How to put a difficult child to bed:
There are two MANDATORY rules that go along with this: Do NOT remove the child from the bed Continue for two weeks straight WITHOUT FAIL. 1. Establish a bedtime routine, be it bath, story, cuddling, etc. 2. Place the child in bed. 3. Go through the regular night time routine of kisses, hugs, teddy bears, etc. Leave the room. 4. If the child cries, return and determine there is not a legitimate reason for the crying. 5. Go through the regular night time routine of kisses, hugs, teddy bears, etc. Leave the room. 5. If the child cries, wait five minutes, return and repeat the night time routine. Leave the room. 7. If the child cries, wait five minutes, return and repeat the night time routine. Leave the room. 8. Repeat as often as necessary until the child goes to sleep. If it doesnt work, you didn't follow the instructions to the letter or you didn't do it for two weeks without fail. (Try this for ANY training, children or pets)
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