I absolutely love, love, love my kids! They are my greatest accomplishment in life and what makes me happiest. I like talking to talking to them, spending time with them and watching them grow and mature. All of these things are what makes being a mom so great but, and this but happens EVERY SINGLE DAY, by 9 p.m. I DO NOT want to hear or see them anymore! I want a bit of peace and quiet. A few moments to pick up around the house, plan for the next day, work on the blog and maybe, just maybe be really wild and spend a little bit of time with just my husband. (I vaguely remember that this was something we used to do.) Try as I might though, my three youngest do not like to go to bed. Literally, as I am sitting here typing this I hear feet and people running around upstairs and I am yelling up to get back in bed, yet again (sigh). To be fair to the kids though, my 10 and 7 year olds have sleep issues because of being on the Autism Spectrum. We do manage this but they will get in and out of bed numerous times before finally going to sleep. My daughter is a different story. She is 5 and she refuses to give up her afternoon naps. I have tried diligently to make sure she does not sneak off and fall asleep during the afternoon but at some point someone needs something, or the phone rings or I blink and she’s gone. By the time I locate her hiding spot she is out like a light and she is a heavy sleeper once she is out. So every night she fights bed and needs a snack or water or to visit the bathroom or to ask if aliens are real or whatever else pops into her little head. She almost always ends up in bed with me because it’s the only way I can get her to lay down and stay down. I know it’s wrong of me to do it but, come on people, I am tired here. So to try to encourage the kids to head to their beds at bedtime and stay there when they are tucked in I decided to make up some Stay In Bed Punch Cards.
The Stay In Bed Punch Cards Printable is similar to my Chore, Reading and Kindness Reward Punch Cards that I did earlier this year. The punch card is good for one week. They only have to get 7 punches, which in a child’s mind is a pretty small number so it’s doable to them. At the end of the week if they have all of their bedtime stars punched on the card then you can reward them with a reward of your choice. Some good reward ideas are going out for ice cream, a special lunch, a small toy, a coloring book., money or a special outing. It’s all up to you and the possibilities are limitless.
Hopefully, these Stay In Bed Punch Cards will help your kids stay in their own beds the first time you put them down or to stay out of your bed and learn to sleep in their own beds. Here’s hoping you get a few minutes of kid free time and a few less little feet and elbows to the back and head.
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