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When school’s in session, you know a good night’s sleep is more important than ever – but try telling that to your kids!

Here are some get-’em-to-bed-and-get-’em-to-stay-there strategies:

Routine, routine, routine! Every night get your kids to wash up, put on their PJs, pick out their clothes for the next day and then get a story, in that order. They know what to expect, and children really seem to love that.

Read with them 30 minutes before bed. Allow reading time of 30 minutes for your kid in bed. If your kid is older, you can give a book and allow him to read quietly in bed before it is time to off the light. If your kid is younger, you can read for him. Choose a story such that both are interested in. once you make a habit of reading, it will become a regular bedtime routine.

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The bed time routine should not be a terror for both you and your kid. If your kid does not stay in bed, firmly take him back to bed. Continue this until your kid remains in bed. Not only you but many parents face this type of problem. Don’t give in. If you give in, you lose your control, temper and night’s sleep also.

The key to make your kid sleep is to try from early age and establish healthy habits that lasts a lifetime.

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