Chances are, children will test your commitment to your plan, especially the problem #2. Simply lay the groundwork, follow the step-by-step plan and consistently follow through in a loving, matter-of-fact, self-controlled way. It won't be easy, but if you do, it will break children's bad habits (and the parents') and will empower children with the skills they need to manage their own bedtime and sleep patterns.
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