Climbing Out Of The Crib
Premise: Once a child climbs out of a crib with the springs on the lowest setting, he/she will definitely try to climb out again and eventually will
fall and possibly get hurt.
The rule: "Don't leave your room during quiet time. very day after lunch, you or your child's caretaker can expect him/her to spend 60 to 90
minutes resting in his/her room. uring this time he/she may read, but may not turn on the radio or TV.
Example: Your child refuses to put on her pajamas, lie down, close her eyes, or stay in bed.
The rule: "Stay in your bedroom after we put you to bed."
Playing And Talking In The Bedroom After Bedtime
The rule: "After bedtime you have to be quiet so that your mind will be able to go to sleep."
Praise your children the following morning for going to sleep without a fuss.
Wandering Or Prowling About During The Night
Example: Some children awaken during the night and move about the house getting into trouble. They may raid the refrigerator or leave it open. They may watch TV, or turn on the stove or water faucet. Unlike sleepwalkers, they are awake.
The rule: "If you wake up during the night, except for going to the bathroom, you have to stay in your room.
"Discipline technique: Nighttime restriction to the bedroom.
Because of the safety issues, until children are safety-conscious (namely, at age 4 or 5), they need a barricade to keep them in their bedrooms.
Sleeping With The Parents
The rule: "Stay in your room during the night. Starting tonight we sleep in separate beds. We have our room and you have your room. You have your bed and we have our bed. You are too old to sleep with us anymore. " Since many normal children sleep with their parents during the early years, the parents must decide if they want to discourage it.
Wanting To Choose His Or Her Own Bedtime
Assumption: Adolescents should be able to take care of their own sleep requirements before going off to college.