| | Re: Kids won't stay in their beds at night
Escorting them back to their beds over and over again is the approach that SuperNanny uses. It will work eventually, but it will wear both of you out.
This is a situation that calls for spanking. You can't use Time Outs; there is no logical consequence that can be applied. This first time I ever spanked my daughter was when she was 2, and refused to stay in her bed. You just need 1 swat, obviously no beatings. The look on her face said it all: she now understood that I meant business. I had to do it the next night as well, but I never had a problem after that.
I understand why people dislike spanking, and it can be misused by people who let themselves get out of control. However, used judiciously, it is an effective tool to tell the child that there are behaviors that will not be tolerated.
It stops the power struggle cold. Kids know when they are misbehaving, and it lets them know that you love them enough to be the leader in the family.