I have a five year old and a ten year old and I want to shout to the world that my bedtimes woes may be over!!! Next Tuesday Parenthood starts up again I think...I think I will be able to watch it in peace! Prior to this time in our life my 5 year old fought me at bedtime. She fought me from Day 1. I have no idea how I kept my sanity most days but we did find a compromise a couple of years ago. This what we would do.
An overworked family's bedtime routine:
8:00 PJs, brush teeth, read to her
8:15 Kindle time, (facebook time for me) in bed (yes we tried this with and without) it was much better with. At this time I cozied up at the foot of bed with my computer. Why didn't I blog more?
8:45 Lights out
10:20 She finally fell asleep (and yes electronics had NOTHING to do with this, we tried it both ways). However when I learned that she needed an absolutely quiet atmosphere in our tiny house I banned the rest of the family to the basement. Apparently I live with night owls and I'm not one!!!! After I learned this her bedtime started to back up until she was sleeping 9-7. Now with the start of Kindergarten she falls asleep almost instantly and I don't need to sit in there during this time. I was so afraid to stop that I just didn't. Until last night. The Big Brother Finale was on and she put herself peacefully to sleep. *Angels singing*
I LOVE BEING A SCHOOL AGE MOM!