Kids need to get enough sleep and so do we. When kids encounter problems falling asleep and staying asleep then both the kids and their parents suffer.
The following free printable star charts can be used specifically for sleep issues.
I personally have a lot more patience with my kids when I know that from 8PM I will have some “me time”. At 8PM I need my kids to stay in bed so that I can get the house organized, relax and do what I have to do. Sometimes I feel guilty for wanting them to go to sleep so that I can enjoy some time to myself but since I know that they really need their sleep and it is for their own good I am confident that it is in their best interest to go to sleep on time.
There is also nothing worse than being in the middle of a deep sleep and hearing your child call you or jump into bed with you. It usually happens when you have to get up early or have an important meeting the next day! Have you noticed how kids sleep when they are in your bed? They kick you out of your bed slowly until you have a tiny bit of space at the end of the bed and they take up the rest of the bed. Now it doesn’t matter how big your bed is. I didn’t know this and bought a huge king sized bed. After a few hours I still found myself sleeping on the very edge of the bed hoping that the next kick won’t have be on the floor. My kid slept really well and would have loved to join us every night.
After two or three nights like this I made my son a sticker chart. That night he stayed in his own bed and every night since then. The first few nights he decided to stay in his own bed in order to get a sticker. By the time he had completed his sticker chart sleeping in his own bed had become habit. My son has never come to our bed since.