Does your child need a bedtime routine? - Yes!

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Another good tip is to give her choices inrepparttar routine. It is usually best to limit those choices to 2 or 3. Ask her if she would like to take a bath or a shower, if she wants Mom or Dad to tuck her in, if she wants you to read “Goodnight Moon” or “The hungry little caterpillar”. Let her pickrepparttar 142150 red or yellow pj’s. Only give her options that you can live with. That way you both win. She feels like she is having some control over her life and you get her to do what needs done.

Above all stay calm and patient. Getting to sleep is a hard task to master for a child. She needs your help to establish healthy sleeping patters. If she keeps getting up forrepparttar 142151 next few nights, put her gently but firmly back to bed and tell her that it is time to sleep. Offer to come back and check on her in a few minutes and follow through. It will make her feel more secure and chances are she’ll be sound asleep byrepparttar 142152 time you walk back in there.

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How to keep your kids busy if you really need to get some work done!

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6) If your child is old enough have them help you by stuffing envelopes, filing papers, reorganizing your desk drawer. Encourage them to write an article for you, or teach them some basic html and have them create a personal or family website. Draw on your experience in your wah job or business and get them involved.

7) Trade Time OFF with your spouse. If he takesrepparttar kids torepparttar 142127 park, while you get some work done, you’ll keep them busy later, so he can washrepparttar 142128 car, changerepparttar 142129 oil, watch a ballgame or whatever else your significant other likes or needs to do withoutrepparttar 142130 kids.

8) Just ask your kids to give you some time to work. Offer to take them torepparttar 142131 park,repparttar 142132 Mall, Chuckey-Cheese, or wherever else they like to go once you get your stuff done. Then make sure you follow through, or this won’t workrepparttar 142133 next time.

9) If everything else fails, ask Grandma, or friend or neighbor you trust to watch your kids for a few hours. If you use this only once in a while they’ll be glad to spend some time withrepparttar 142134 kids.

Try to plan ahead as much as you can and get work done while your kids are in school, taking a nap or at night after they have gone to bed. Days that you have to fall back on these tips should berepparttar 142135 exception, notrepparttar 142136 rule. If you find yourself falling back on them almost every day, you may want to consider rearranging your schedule, cutting back onrepparttar 142137 amount of work you are doing, or, if you can afford it, get a in-house nanny for a few hours a day. A more cost effective solution would be to hire a teenager to keep your kids busy for a few hours after school in your house. Look at your options and decide what works best for you and your family.

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