At the end of the evening, just as you’re winding down and starting to relax, do behavior problems begin to erupt? Sometimes it seems like it never fails; at the very moment you’re feeling that you are home free, a problem crops up unexpectedly and puts a damper on the evening. Unfortunately, bedtime is ripe for difficult behavior.

Forgotten school projects are suddenly remembered. Sibling rivalry kicks into high gear. Tantrums arise. Resistance is high. Stress levels skyrocket. And then there are the many entreaties that kids make as the lights go off and the blankets are tucked in that can exacerbate or restart the problems and the drama.

Bedtime should be a period of relaxation and winding down after a long day. Calmness should ...

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