Because school starts in a week and a half, we have been trying really hard to get Aiden to bed early so he won’t have a problem getting up early on school days. It’s full day kindergarten, and I don’t want him tired and missing out because he’s cranky. However, early bedtimes have been an uphill battle.
We made a Bedtime Checklist for each of the boys, and included the time they are supposed to be in bed. Dallin’s bedtime is 7:30 and Aiden’s is 8:00 (we can’t put them to bed together because they’ll stay up all night, playing. So we need Dallin to go to sleep first). I would rather that Aiden goes to bed earlier, but this is an improvement. Anyway…
Last night the kids each stayed up a half hour past their bedtime, but other than that, things were going well. At 8:30 Aiden went to bed without protest. I was pleased. Until I walked by their closed bedroom door about 45 minutes later. I could see the light was on.
I opened the door to find both boys sitting on the floor, the train track out and put together so nicely, Mr. Potato Head sitting next to his very organized body parts and accessories, and cars lined up all around. The boys looked up at me as I hissed, “Get in bed now!”
They smiled and Aiden said so sweetly, “But Mom, we just wanted to play.”
They were playing so nicely. And they were looking so sweet. How do you argue with that????
Another half hour later, with the lightbulb taken out of the overhead light, the toys picked up, the nighttime CD started over, a new diaper on Dallin, and the boys tucked into bed, and they finally went to sleep. I don’t know who won this battle (I think it was me, in the end, since they went to sleep), but I know I’m going to win this war!!:)