If you have found that your child's bedtime routine has become longer and longer as he has gotten older, you are not alone. Did you know a young child will fight to stay awake to be with a parent, and interact with that parent, even when she is sleepy? If you wait until your child asks to go to bed, it will be very late in most cases, and your child will become significantly sleep deprived. This is why you, as a parent, must set the bedtime. You can help your child draw a close to each day and obtain adequate sleep by establishing a pleasant and realistic bedtime routine that involves some firm rules. Read more about how to help manage your child's bedtime routine.