Bedtime Training

Is bedtime an exhausting ordeal? Solve the problem with a Bedtime Training Session.

Note: This is a sample Bedtime Training Session. For more details on training your children with a Training Session, be sure to read the blog “Train Up a Child”.


For some parents, bedtime is an exhausting, dreaded ordeal. Their children cry to stay up later, resist going to their room, whine for another drink, or won't stay in their bed.


If bedtime is a nightly battle, train your children how to go to bed with a Training Session! By training your children exactly what you expect them to do at bedtime, you can prevent the majority of bedtime troubles.


Training with a Training Session

There are 4 things to do during a Training Session:

  1. Instruct

  2. State consequence

  3. Ask questions

  4. Practice


Sample Bedtime Training Session

The first rule of a Training Session is to schedule it at a neutral time, not during a problem. So if the problem is at bedtime, plan your training session in the morning or afternoon—not at night, when everyone is tired and cranky.


Give Specific Instructions

Then, have your kids sit down and train them exactly what you expect them to do at bedtime. Be very specific. Your conversation might sound something like this:


“From now on, when I tell you to go to bed, you need to do these 4 things: (From the blog “First-Time Obedience”.)