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I have a 4 year old son who is a great sleeper, once you get him to sleep. Our bedtime ritual has never been easy or consistent. Our 7 year old daughter knows the drill and for the most part will brush teeth and put on pajamas without much fuss. In the past we have tried rewards before bedtime like reading a story with mom or dad but it still was hard. Either he would wander out of his room and disrupt his sister or go downstairs to ask for water.
I was recently sent a sleep reward chart from The Victoria Chart Company that is a wonderful solution to the dreaded bedtime battles.
Each Good Night, Sleep Tight Reward Chart system includes:
- 1 large chart (17 inches L x 11 inches W)
- 1 dry erase pen
- 48 gold star reward stickers
- 130 multi-colored smiley face reward stickers
- An informational sheet with examples, tips and guidelines
- Adhesive mounting pads to display your child’s accomplishments
All of our stickers are reusable but gentle handling is recommended.
We put the chart right above his bed. He took to the chart right way. Apart from getting him to bed we also needed him to stay in bed and sleep until a reasonable hour. He used to get up at 4:30 am and wake us but now he either attempts to go back to sleep or plays in his room, knowing that a sticker is awaiting!
The Sleep Reward Chart is a great tool that teaches your children how to establish a bedtime routine, I highly recommend it. You can get it from Amazon.com for $14.95. What that really buys you is stress free and fun bed times with your children. Since the stickers are reusable it can be used when younger siblings are of age.