My four-year-old son won’t go to bed. What shall I do? Casey, Tilbury
You’re the parent, so you decide what time you want your child to go to bed. Twenty minutes before, start a 20-minute ‘winding down’ bedtime routine. If he’s used to going to sleep much later, you may have to bring his sleep time forward bit by bit, say 10 minutes a week. Do the same goodnight routine – e.g. read one or two stories, then tuck your child in and say goodnight. Give him his favourite toy, and if he gets up, keep taking him back to bed again with as little fuss as possible. Consistency is the key – and patience.