Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
My advice is to first of all get your 4 year old to follow the rules and go to bed when you want him/her to. You should get this done BEFORE you start back to school. You really need to remember that you are the boss and what you say goes. Put them to bed and when they get up, put them right back in it. Hug and kiss them, read them a story, and then it's lights out! Everytime they get up, put them back in. It will take tears and you may feel like giving in, but it WILL work. You just have to put your foot down. When you get in the nursing program, you could be up until 2:00 am studying (and maybe even while in A&P). You don't want a four year old up that late do you? They will be in kindergarten next year, so you may as well start a routine now, right?
As far as studying, just do as others suggested above and don't procrastinate.
My daughter would not go to bed either. So I thought I'd offer you this game we made up. With great success. Here is how we did it, you can adjust accordingly.
We laid out a game board with a path of squares. every six or seven squares was a "prize." At the end was the BIG prize. We didn't say what the prizes were. But it was known that prizes got progressively larger. The end prize was known. A sleepover with three of her friends.
Every night if she made an effort to stay in bed and fall asleep on her own, she moved forward one. Every night she stayed in bed and went to sleep on her own with no hassle, she moved forward two. If she didn't behave, we had thought she'd move back one, but then we decided to just make it stay in the same spot.
Prizes were actually small, and sleep related. One was a bottle of linen scented spray from The Body Shop. A new pair of pajamas. A new night light of her choosing. etc etc.
Here's the kicker. She tore through that thing in two weeks! After the first night where she moved forward one spot, it was two every time. And she's had no problem since.
She was seven at the time. There is no reason a four year old can't do it. In fact, I'd say if you don't do it when he's four, you're gonna be doing it when he's seven. IMHO he will not grow out of this.
I like this game because it makes staying in bed a positive thing, rather than a punishment.
Good luck. I do agree. You've got to get that kid in bed on his own so you can have your own time BEFORE you start school.