4 Personality Types That Can Affect Toddlers and Bedtime
When it comes to toddlers and bedtime, children can be either very sweet or a pain in the butt. Have you ever wondered why you have an easier time getting one child into bed while having a difficult time with the other child?
It boils down to one thing: personality. And, a bedtime routine needs to be made on an individualized basis. If you have more than one child, you know that both respond in a different manner…to many things. If you’re going to make your toddler’s bedtime easier on you and them, you have to know what kind of personality your child has.
4 Kinds Of Personality Toddlers Tend To Have
1 – Always Happy and Energetic
Do you always have a child who’s on the go and happy? It generally means you’re trying to keep up with them at all times so that they don’t get into trouble or become too worn out. The reason your child hates the idea of bedtime is because it means they can’t have fun any longer.
How can you change it to where they want to go to bed? Make bedtime fun for them. Consider racing them to the bed to see who is the quickest. When you’re excited, your toddler will also be excited.
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2 –Strong-Willed and Opinionated
Is your child both opinionated and strong-willed? Before they can even talk, they display a sense of having their own ideas. These are the type of children who want to be in charge. Does your child always seem to initiate playtime? A strong-willed child is a natural born leader.
Of course, that strong-willed child can be extremely difficult to get into bed. After all, they want to have a say in everything that’s going on and this includes their bedtime.
Rather than telling them,“it’s bedtime” and “they need to get their pajamas on”, let them know “it’s time to get ready for bed and they need to clean up”. Ask them if they want some help cleaning or if they can clean the mess up on their own? Ask them if they’d like to brush their teeth first or get their pajamas on?
Strong-willed children love being able to give their opinion on their bedtime. This is great for children who are 18 months of age. You are giving them options using language techniques like double binds & presupposition to choose from on how to make getting to bed easier for both of you.
3 – Analyzer and Detail Oriented
Does your child follow a routine? Is he/she detail-oriented? Your child, to keep him/her from getting upset, needs to know what happens before it takes place. If something unexpected happens, they can become easily upset.
If you want to make bedtime easier for your toddler, you need to make a set bedtime routine… every night.
Bear in mind that using this with younger toddlers could have a reverse effect. Be sure they’re busy throughout the day and, after dinner, it’s relaxing. Turn off any item that could be considered stimulating – music, toys, movies, etc. Use a calming bubble bath and read them a book. Consider spraying lavender or any other aroma therapy in the room to calm them down.
4 – Sweetheart and Shy
This is the type of child who is typically sweet, shy, quiet and compliant. Until, bedtime is mentioned. This kind of child needs a calming, soothing bedtime routine; a routine that includes lots of kisses, hugs and soft words. Give your child their favorite blanket or teddy bear at bedtime.
Be sure your child is eased into his/her bedtime routine. This personality type means spending some quality time with them in their bed… connect with your child at this time.
Parents, if you have more than one child, your children will have different personalities. And, it’s also possible for one child to have more than one kind of personality. If that’s what you notice, use the above information and tweak it to how it fits you and your child’s bedtime routine.