This tip is new to me... I read about it somewhere (online? a book?) a while back, but I don't remember where. If it happens to be from your blog or website, let me know so I can give you proper credit!
My 4 year-old daughter has gotten into a bad habit recently of getting up numerous times after she's tucked in bed for the night. Each time it's something different- she needs a drink, she wants another hug, etc. Nothing we did kept her in bed.
So, yesterday at the local dollar store I ran into a display of teacher supplies. (OK, not literally... I walked past it.) There on the display was a plastic "Hall Pass" with a little string loop for hanging it on a hook. I bought one, and told DD that would be her bedtime hall pass. She can turn it in one time per night for one trip out of bed for a drink, potty, etc. If she absolutely HAS to go to the bathroom after she's used the pass, she can go, but she's not allowed to talk to anyone-- just straight to the bathroom and back.
Last night was the first time we used it. It was hanging on her doorknob when she went to bed. About ten minutes later, as expected, she came for an extra hug and gave me her pass. Then, that was it! It worked! One of the first things she said this morning was "Mommy I stayed in bed all night after I used my pass." I told her how happy I was about that and how proud I was of her.
I hesitated about posting this under Works for Me Wednesday since we've only tried it one night so far, but I thought someone else might be able to use the idea. So far, it works for us! Check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips over at Rocks in my Dryer!