Routines are for more than just bedtimes

The bedtime routine is a battleground. There is the reluctance to get it started, the whining during each step and a six-year-old's attempted negotiations that have to get shut down. After years of this, we are getting somewhat closer to the stage of acceptance and I know that one day, I can send him off to do his nightly routine and he will do it without question and I may cry a little on that night....more

Mom, can you read me a bedtime word problem?

I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again. When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and listen to me read at bedtime....more

Even babies need a bedtime

When my son was a baby he slept all the time. (Mostly while laying on me.) I remember having to wake him up to feed him and all the times he fell asleep while still breastfeeding. When I asked our doctor about all this, she asked some questions about family history and determined that everything was fine. She added that we were lucky because our son slept so well....more

Getting to bed on time

It's 7:30 pm. Let the battle begin. ...more

Who had the worse night last night?

Waking up my son for school in the morning is better than the theater. There could be over-the-top goofiness and slapstick antics that is fun to watch (in small doses), or there could be the tears, accusations and casting of curses that you normally find in a Greek tragedy. Or it could be both....more

I Recognize Myself in My Daughter

Last night my five-year-old daughter came out after we tucked her in for some familiar bedtime shenanigans. My husband and I are natural night owls who can understand her tug towards wanting to stay up. Who wants to go go to bed when mommy and daddy clearly throw a party every night after she goes to bed? ...more

Real Talk: Bedtime's a Bitch!

I hear the pounding of feet and have my eyes rolling even before I hear his voice. "Mommy I’m not tired." "Too bad," I call up to him. "Get back into bed.” "But I can’t fall asleeeeep!” He whines. "Shh!" I yell. "You’ll wake your brother!" He sighs loudly and stomps off to his room. Photo Credit: Alisa Schindler. ...more

Bedtime Shenanigans

Edit - I'm going to preface this with a few things:...more

But Mommy likes to read at bedtime

In the evenings, my wonderful husband supervises our son's bath activities and I am the one who gets to read to him at night. I don't remember how this started. I don't think we made any sort of agreement or arrangement around it - it may have been a natural progression of my cleaning up after dinner, him taking the little guy upstairs for bed, and our son liking to snuggle with me more (generally speaking)....more

Passing along the bedtime pass

As of today, I am very lucky with my son's bedtime routine. He and I snuggle up in his bed and read books together (he reads me one and I read him three). Then there are hugs and kisses and then the light goes off. He very rarely leaves the bedroom....more
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