It’s funny how time passes and kids grow and although you are there every minute of it, your forget how it was a year ago. I was looking at my last year’s posts and noticed that our bedtime routine needs a good update. You can check last year’s post here.
Today my son is four years and three months and daughter two and a half year old. They both go to bed around 8 well, because it’s summer and still quite bright at 8, around 9pm. But sleepy or not they know they have to stay in their rooms; play, read, or sing until they fall asleep.
The rule works most of the time, and they are good about it. We go and read a book or sing a song for them when they go to bed and then they are on their own. My son takes his cars in the bed and plays with them or reads books, then when he is ready to sleep puts them away turns off the lights and sleeps. My daughter has her books and dolls in her bed with her night light on and then in the middle of play she falls asleep, then I go clean up her bed and turn off the light.
It took persistent and firmness, to get here. They were not happy with the rule at the beginning. But as time passed they are more at ease with it, and they know when they really need us we will be there.