Stoplight Golight Keeps Bedtime Smooth!

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I made this rule with my youngest daughter, I thought it was a good rule. You go to sleep when it is dark outside, and you can not get out of your room until the sun comes up. You all thinking what I overlooked? SUMMER! The one good thing is that with Stoplight Golight they can still have that visual aid even depending on the suns location in the sky.

The problem my youngest and I can into was that the sun is up about 5:30 every morning, and so was she. Not just that she would argue it is not bedtime until 9 pm because it was still light out. It was a rule that worked well in theory, and I knew she needed that visual aid for bedtime. 

Kids thrive on consistency, we can all agree on that. The same routine every day helps them focus. With that, we also get fewer temper tantrums. It makes them feel more in control. 

Now the Stoplight Golight I mentioned before is a visual tool to help you keep things consistent for your child. They know that when the light is red they stay and do what they are supposed to, and once it is green they can go off and do as they like. 

For bedtime, this means that you can set the timer on the Stoplight Golight and when it is red it means they stay in their beds. Then when the green light turns on, they know they are allowed to get up and start their day. Which usually consists of yelling “Mom” a few times and demanding breakfast. 

Conclusion

The best part is with the consistency she rarely stays up anymore. She knows that when that red light is on she is stuck there. Plus with the routine, her body has adjusted where she falls asleep fairly quickly now. Such a helpful tool that I love and makes bedtime such a breeze. My favorite part is that I don’t have to get up at 5:30 anymore in the summer! 

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Mother of two beautiful daughters that keep her busy. She also has an eclectic home full of animals. Currently has 2 dogs Trixie (13 yrs old) a terrier mix and Willow (3) an Alaskan Malamute. There are currently 3 cats that own her Cali (16), Catniss EverPurr (4), and Fizzgig a kitten who is the biggest dictator of all. Last, but certainly not least, Morton a chinchilla (10). Wren enjoys home improvement projects and is always doing something on the fly if it is repainting all her cabinets or ripping out the carpets, she enjoys the challenge and loves improving her home. Most people on the internet know her as Leotastic or Leo for short. She streams video games on Twitch and/or Mixer and truly enjoys the community there. In her free time, she plays Dungeons and Dragons with her friends or goes out and sings terrible karaoke.

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wow. i will buy one for my kid. how can i buy it ?

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Hmmm…making rules is basically good….kids need to know limits.
BUT making rules are like making laws….most end up FLAWED
What sounds good at first usually conflicts with something later.

1. How many STOP/GO lights can a kid process
2. What if the light is RED during an e,emergency?

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Not getting up at 5:30 is always a bonus! love the idea, thanks for sharing

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Wow, we really need this kind of bedtime smooth. Thanks for the sharing this with us.

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