It's no coincidence that kids start becoming cute around the same time they start dipping their toe in the rebellion pool. They are beginning to discover many things about their world; learning which foods they prefer and how much fun it can be to play with a certain toy, to name a few. Every parent knows it's important to have a few solid tricks up your sleeve around this age. For example, knowing what to do when your toddler says they're not tired can save your day from the disasters that no napping or late bedtimes can bring.
Protesting to sleep with the ole, "I'm not tired," is the oldest excuse in the kid book. Your child holds tight to the hope that this phrase will provide them with the magic of staying up late or skipping an afternoon nap. But even though you know better, you may not be sure what to do in the situation, because no one wants to get into back and forth match with a 3-year-old about how tired she really is. So what options do you have?
In order to get your kiddo into bed, you're going to have to tire her out, then soothe her to dreamland. Try out some of these ways to get your toddler to sleep, even when they say they're not tired.