How To Get Your Child To Stop Playing and Come to Bed

A conversation guide

Adelina Vasile
6 min readSep 5, 2023
Photo by Vigneshwar Rajkumar on Unsplash

Hey, Parent!

This conversation guide will make you deal with less resistance at bedtime. I wrote it to help you engage with your child’s world, validate their feelings, and gently guide them to bed using positive reinforcements. I also included a subtle lesson all parents want to teach their kiddos — compromising.

It’s meant as a guide, not as a script. So, make sure to look for the lines that explain the Psychology, Purpose & Intended effect of each phrase the parent says.

Once you understand these three, you’ll be able to adapt your dialogues as per your child’s preferences and level of understanding.


There are several powerful reasons why your child often struggles with the transition to bedtime.

👉Biologically, their internal circadian rhythms, which govern sleep-wake cycles, are still maturing, making them more sensitive to their surroundings.

👉As they’re deeply immersed in a world of play and discovery, essential for their growth and learning, it’s not easy for them to just “switch off” from these captivating activities.



Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself.