What does a parent say to a child when a child steps over the boundary for staying up late at night past bed time. First of all, consider how to put a fuse on the yelling and stop the yelling.
Children can be sneaky and sometimes curious and sometimes just not sleepy. A game we play with children in our home is called hide a toy. Say to the child . . . I am going to hide a toy in your bed and we will see if you can find it. Belive it or not we have luck with this . . . and at the very least the child has to go back to the bed to look for the toy, and that sometimes does a nice reset.
Yelling at the child Get back to bed !
can escalte poorly. Above is a link to a blog posted by Huffington Post that is a deep and
personal story of a woman who finally understood how much she was
yelling at her children. In an effort to remind herself to stay calm, she even changed over to orange color napkins at the dinner table.