I have 2 very amazing children. They are truly more then I ever imagined they would be. For the most part everything is very scheduled and on time. We don’t have problems with homework, dinner, etc. It’s all on a schedule and sticking to that schedule is very important to us. This schedule is right down to bedtime! Here’s the problem though.. No matter what I try, there is always something that stalls bedtime. My kids will stall longer then anything else when it comes to bedtime. My son is the leader of the pack. He has 500 DIFFERENT excuses every night. The first is usually the bathroom because who is going to deny a child a trip to the bathroom? Then we have the “I need a drink.” that is ever so famous. My kids have given me some off the wall excuses and I swear occasionally they tag team on it. We bought them new bed (with dressers under the beds) as space savers. Well after we bought the beds, they complained about the mattress. I know that was a far straw, but they pulled it. This is one of the times they tag teamed us. We decided to knock that excuse out and get them new ones. Then it was everything from the sheets, to being too hot, to needing a night light. Whatever the day or the time, they stall. I’ve been talking to other parents about this and I know I am not alone in this battle. It seems like the older they get, the more creative they get. I’m wondering at what point they will run of of excuses or reasons to stall bedtime. I mean truly.. it has to end right?
I recently asked my mom if I was guilty of this when I was a kid. She said I was, but that it ended shortly after it began. She said my brothers had mastered it though. See I was an only child for 11 years, so I think many things were snubbed before I got started! My brothers are 3 years apart. My kids are 3 years apart. I strongly believe they have brainstorming sessions on what they can use as an excuse to get out of bedtime. Then I remind them, some day they will have children. Some day they will WANT to sleep. Some day they will LOVE their beds, mattresses, night lights, fans, etc. Why is bedtime such trouble? I have the bedtime blues! Please share your bedtime blue busters with me! Mom wants SLEEP!