Somebody Give Me the Magic Solution To Keep Kids in Bed for the Night
(Door Knob Opens)
“I need to go potty.”
(Back to Bed Tactics)
“My toe hurts.”
(Reluctant Back to Bed Tactics)
“I need a drink of water.”
Minutes Pass and I Think All Is FINALLY quiet for the night…
“I need my yellow dog.”
(Desperate Back to Bed Tactics)
“I need a drink.”
“There’s thunder in my room.”
“I need something.”
“I need a hug.”
___________ FILL IN THE BLANK WITH ANY EXCUSE IN THE BOOK!
(Minutes often turn into hours)
Yesterday I tweeted and FBed for ideas on how you keep your kid(s) in their bed. Some of them we’ve tried and others I’m willing to give a shot at.
Having Potty Trained Boys Has Wreaked Havoc On Our Bedtime Routine. We’ve tried SO MANY things and nothing is motivating 2 of our boys to stay in their beds at bedtime. Not even my teary pleas. Once they are asleep they stay in their beds, but our nights keep getting later and later. And we are getting weary.
The later their bedtimes get, the later we find ourselves going to bed – because we crave a little “down time”, and time to finish end of the day tasks.
We aren’t alone in this right? I’m turning to you for a dose of encouragement, creative suggestions, and just your support.
(I know in the grand scheme of things this has little value and it’s turned into more of a whine session than I intended. Forgive me for that, and see me through this trying stage, could you please?)
I’ll compile a list of suggestions and maybe if we ALL put our brains together we can come up with the magic cure to keeping your kids in bed for the night. We’ll patent it, write books, go on tour, make T-shirts, make up a DVD series…
Think of all the frustration we’ll save parents for generations to come!