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When a child won’t go to bed without arguing, or if they won’t stay in their bed, they end up overtired. That begins to affect their overall health, behaviour, and learning ability.

Understanding more about what you can do to get your daily routines running smoothly can help everybody get a good night’s sleep. It’s a lot easier with the right support!


  • Toddlers and children who don’t want to go to bed may dawdle or keep finding reasons to avoid going to sleep.
  • Children may delay bedtime by saying they’re not tired, ask for yet another story or drink, or become frustrated or upset.
  • Children may ignore instructions, complain or refuse to get into their bed, or repeatedly call out once they’re in bed.
  • Some children will only sleep if not in their own bed or will get up during the night and crawl into someone else’s bed

    Learning more about sleep patterns and problems can help you sort out and prevent bedtime battles with confidence.


Learning to settle into a sleep pattern often takes quite some practice and not every child is the same. Sometimes a temporary sleep problem that began when a child was unwell, over-excited, over-stimulated, or stressed, continues and becomes a new pattern.

It’s easy for parents or carers to react (without meaning to) when a child doesn’t want to go to bed by arguing, being drawn into long conversations and accidentally rewarding a child’s sleep-avoiding behaviours.

Children like boundaries and are more likely to go to bed without a fuss when they have a consistent bedtime routine.

Easier steps to a better bedtime routine

There are positive solutions to help your crying, tired child and put a stop to bedtime battles. With a positive plan and the right skills and strategies, you can turn things around so the whole family get a good night’s sleep — and everyone is happier and healthier!!

Millions of families
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Why is Triple P's positive parenting program so different? Because it gives you proven strategies to teach your child life skills, to help them be happy, confident and successful. In the meantime, your home life will be better too… with rules and routines that work, stronger relationships, and less stress! Do you want to find out more about Triple P and how positive parenting can make that happen for you? It's all here…

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