Kids will almost never accept that its bedtime. Thats their job! Your job, as a parent, is to provide clear bounderies and to follow up on them continiously.
This is very important when it comes to bedtime and the daily routines getting the kids to bed. But it can be tough getting the job done, especially if you have more than one child.
Here I have gathered 5 of my experiences when sending the kidz off to bed:
1. If several children, send one child to bed at the time, starting with the youngest one. This helps keeping focus on the important tasks
2. Read a book. Both to calm them down, but also to educate and learn
3. Use the quiet moment to have a talk. Often kids have much on their mind, and sometimes its easy getting them to talk when they are going to bed 😉
4. Give them a good hug
5. If they dont sleep as planned you need to get some leverage to make them understand. What works is highly individual, but taking away the reading time next day could be one example.
The mission is to find what works for you and stick with it. Both you and your kidz then know what to expect from each other when its bedtime.
If you feel something is left out of the list, please, let me know in the comments.