Help End Bedtime Blues
For many parents"Bedtime"and the routines that go with it can be a time of frustration and annoyance instead of the warm, fuzzy, and loving connections they want it to be. Asking for more water, additional trips to the bathroom, pleadings for another story or the ever insistent claim, "But I'm not tired" can leave a parent exasperated and at wits end about how to end the bedtime blues.
Slowdown Time. Lower the energy level within the family.
Since children's brains don't shut down as quickly as adults, make sure to reduce the activity level of the entire family. No loud music, stimulating TV or other technology. Now is not the time for chores or beginning a project. Start this process anywhere from 30-45 minutes before you want them in their rooms. Establishing a pattern of downtime is an indication the day is winding down and helps to signal the child's brain to make that transition. Adjust this time to what works best for your family.
excerpt from Janada Clark, MA Parent Educator