First, you never need to slap or hit your child to teach them to behave, like one PP suggested. You just have to be firm and follow through. I used the technique described in "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Weisbluth.
Tell her "the rules" before you leave the room. Stay in bed, if you wake up stay in bed and go back to sleep etc. Then tell her "If you get out of bed I will put you back in bed. I will not talk to you, or look at you, I will just put you back."
It sounds simple, but it is really hard to say NOTHING, but this is the key. When you talk to them, even to say "go back to bed" they are getting your attention. You just march her back to bed w/o saying a word or looking her in the eye. You may have to stand outside her room and do it 50 times the first night. Stick with it, she will finally realize that no matter what she always gets put back. Plan on a few nights of repeated "Put backs", then PEACE!
at 6:38 PM on May. 30, 2009