Tips On Getting Your Child To Bed

Am I the only mother who has trouble getting my child to bed? When I’m reassured that I’ve put them to sleep I’d come back to the parlour to meet them, or worse still my toddler will wake up with shouts of “mommy! cochroach” And then I’d have a hard time making him go back to sleep again. Does this scene play out in your house? try out these tips to get your baby to sleep;

 1. Have a bedtime routine

Bedtime routines are important not just for babies but toddlers as well, this helps to prepare your child for bed. Make the bedtime routine enjoyable, when you give them a bath, let them make bubbles and when you put them to bed read them a book or sing them a lullaby, all this will tell them it’s time for bed.

2. Turn off the TV

It’s easier to get your kids to bed directly from the bathroom than from the TV room, if they want to get back to the movie they were watching, forbid it.

3. No sugars or big drinks

Sugar is energy giving, so make sure your children don’t consume sugars or any sugary foods before bedtime, any drink other than a glass of water should be disallowed.

4. Toilet before bed

The excuse most of these kids have to wake up in the middle of night is the need to use the toilet, so let them do their peeing and pooing business before going to sleep.

5. Bedtime rituals

After tucking your child into bed, give them a kiss, tell them you love them and “I’ll see you tomorrow” will be the best way to end the whole bedtime scenario.

6. Be stern 

When your child stands up from their bed like “mummy I want to pee” “Mummy I want water” “Mummy sing to me” “I want to eat” Sit down quietly near their door without saying a word. when they see you around they’ll calm down and stop demanding, then finally go to sleep.

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This School Poster Asking Parents To Teach Children Manners Goes Viral

Good manners should be taught in the home, and it is the responsibility of every parent.

Sadly not every child is taught good manners by their parents, it is not wonder that this poster from a Portuguese school has gone viral, after it was shared on Facebook.

The poster highlights five key points, which the school has determined should be managed by the parents.

It reads:

‘Dear parents

• We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.

• It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.

• Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.

• Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.

• Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

The school raises a very important point as most times parents leave the job of parenting to their child’s school. Children are expected to have good manners, and they and their parents earn more respect when they do.

Children who aren’t taught good manners from an early age are at a distinct disadvantage. Good manners will set children up for a lifetime of success with family, friends, adults and in their future relationships.

What do you think. Should good manners be taught at home or in school?

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