Now that the school holidays are over it is important to establish a good routine, no matter whether it is going to bed or getting up in the morning. When our granddaughter was small I would set the timer on the stove for a certain amount of time, first telling her how many minutes she had before it was bed, when it went off she knew that it was time, As she has got older I no longer have to do that she now knows that when I say bed there is no agrument, however I do say "after the next ad it's bed," this practise has made our lives so much easier. Bed time should not have to be a battle for anyone.
Try to make it around the same time every night. If they are too young to read to themselves when going to bed read them a story, if older tell them that they can read for a certain length of time, then its lights out, make sure that you turn them out. If they are frightened of the dark, use a night light, we still have one for our granddaughter and even at my age I still have to have a light on in the hall. Let them go to bed with some “babies” children find great comfort in having something to snuggle up to in the middle of the night. I always have a small glass of water beside her bed in the event that during the night she wants a drink, it eliminates the walk up in the early hours of the morning. Our sleep is extremely important otherwise as grandparents we are simply unable to cope to the best of our ability without a decent night’s sleep.
After turning out the lights and suddenly your grandchild appears, turn him/her around, take him/her back to their room and tell them to stay there and go to sleep. If he/she does it again, do the same thing but this time don’t interact with them, no eye contact, no speaking, put them back and walk out of the room. Repeat this process if necessary, they will soon tire of not getting a rise out of you and will give up in the end.