Parents come into my therapy office regularly to discuss a child's sleeping habits. Often, parents are exhausted and overwhelmed when a child won't go to sleep on time.
Bedtime behavior problems can be a big problem for the whole family. A child who frequently comes out of his bedroom, throws a fit at bedtime, or refuses to sleep in his own bed, can keep everyone awake in the house.
Often, I see parents who cave. They're tired and they want to sleep so they're desperate to do whatever it takes to get a child to go to sleep as well. So, they allow their child to sleep in their bed or they agree to allow him to watch TV until the wee hours of the morning, as long as he's quiet.
However, it's not healthy to give in. It only creates bigger long-term problems. If you're battling with bedtime behavior problems, check out these 7 Discipline Strategies to Prevent and Address Bedtime Behavior Problems.