When you’re figuring out how to put your child to bed, no matter what age they are, there’s one thing you can do to optimize the process. If you don’t have a set routine in place, this article is going to illustrate exactly why you must have one. If you’ve been struggling with putting your baby to sleep, or even your five-year-old child for that matter, here’s why you should definitely implement a set nighttime schedule.
The Power of Structure and Discipline
Life can be fun when you go with the flow, but that doesn’t mean that structure and discipline isn’t important. One of the myths about “going with the flow” is that it can exist without a structural foundation, and that’s simply not true. The two elements must co-exist as one. In the case of putting your child to sleep, it means that you have a set structure that they must follow, and occasionally you can “break” that mold for special circumstances.
It’s Helpful to Them
First of all, it’s important to remember that you’re not their friend—you’re their parent. But even from a friendly perspective, if you prefer, you’re doing your children a major disservice by not implementing a rigid structure. They need to learn at some point that life is not without rules, and if you don’t teach it to them now, they’ll be in for a rude awakening when they’re out in the real world. So set up that routine!