It’s Tip Jar Tuesday today at the Peel! Today’s tip is for those of you with toddlers. Hope it helps you! It’s revolutionized bedtime and nap-time for us!
The 5-minute trick.
Does your toddler fight you when it’s time for bed? The Blue-Eyed boy sure would for us. He would eventually go with us to do our bedtime routine, but there was a lot of complaining and “I don’t want to’s” along with it. It was an annoying and frustrating way to end our day. Then I learned the 5-minute trick. This has completely changed how our boy goes to bed. Here’s what you do:
About 5 minutes before it is time for your toddler to get ready for bed. Ask him or her “Would you like to go to bed now, or in 5 minutes?”. They will inevitably pick the 5 minutes. But they are picking when they go to bed (at least as far as they can tell). Then when the 5 minutes are up you tell them it’s time for bed.
What happens next is magic: a willing and happy toddler who runs off to their bedroom to pick books. Peace–it’s a beautiful thing.
Try it out! And let me know how it works for you!