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Kids - Fighting Bedtime

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why does it always seem like you have to battle them to go to bed and then once again in the morning to get them going? It gets so very tiring to always try to get them to bed at night. A typical night is:
Get home about 5:30-6:00pm and start dinner. While cooking, it's checking to make sure all homework is done. Once dinner is eaten, it's time bath time. The girls take a while and splash around for awhile until I call time to get out. They then decide it's time to get washed up. emoticon It takes another 5 minutes to get that done. Once the girls are done, it's my son's turn. He's not too bad but we do have to remind him to use soap and shampoo (not sure if this is a boy thing or his autism kicking in). emoticon We then fight to get them to be for the next 30-40 minutes. Hopefully we get them all to bed (not asleep, just in their beds) by 9pm. That doesn't even touch the morning. Maybe I'll talk about that tomorrow.
Maybe this is their attempt to help me exercise.
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    I hate fighting with my kids--well, the older one, anyway; the 10-month-old hasn't become that determined yet. But my 3-year-old LOVES bathtime and hates to get out, even when the water's cold and you can see goosebumps on her, but HATES to have her hair washed at all. And she hates bedtime, but it's not usually too hard to get her to bed. She's still young enough that we can get her to go to bed by changing the choices: we ask her if she wants to sing a song or read a story before she gets in bed, and then she gets to make a choice and we end up in her bedroom.

    And she's just getting to be old enough that she thinks she can stall by singing 2 songs or reading one more story... emoticon
    1969 days ago
    2002 days ago
    had those fights with my daughter, until i gave her a choice. she could go to bed at 9PM without fighting, or she could have her toys and horses. every time she refused to go to bed when it was time, she lost one of her toys - my choice. she lost one and didn't fight again. you have to be serious and provide consequences you are, after all, the parent and in charge.
    2005 days ago
    I have no problem at all getting Madilyn to go to bed (sometimes she wants to lay down early). HOWEVER, getting her up in the morning??!! YIKES!! She NEVER wants to get out of bed.
    2005 days ago
    behavior mod
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