How do I enforce bedtime with my 26-month-old daughter? When we finish the last book of the night, she pleads for “one more.” I read her another, and then she starts screaming when I put her to bed. I don’t know what to do, or whether I’m expecting too much of her.
Simply tell your daughter that you will read three stories and then it’s bedtime. To help her understand the concept, show her three books. You might even let her help you pick out the three she wants you to read.
Since children this age are not very reasonable, don’t be surprised if she wants you to read more after you have finished the third book. Tell her, “No, I can only read three stories.” Most likely your daughter will cry or have a temper tantrum, but in a few days she will understand that mum means what she says and cannot be manipulated. Remember, good parents set limits and don’t give in to tears or temper tantrums.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.