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Bedtime Struggles

I really don’t like bedtime struggles. Today he decided to become a tyrant when his bedtime came around. Why is it that kids always (well almost always) want to give you a hard time when it’s time to go to bed?

My daughter was horrible as well when her bedtime came around. She never wanted to go to sleep either. Do they have a built-in “give mom a hard time when it’s bedtime” button? Or they just are little horned (which we can’t see) nighttime devils?

I don’t know about other kids, but my kids…ohhhh…they suck(d) when it comes to bedtime…

Tonight was one of those bedtime struggle nights. He had been at his father’s mothers house for mothers day (in Norway). The first thing he did when he got home was to tease his brother. He insists on instigating with his bigger brother who is his half-brother – his dad’s son. He is 7 years old. Then he tried to escape the toothbrush, which of course I wouldn’t let him. To get him to brush his teeth took about 10 min. Had to do a lot of bribing. “If you don’t brush your teeth, you WON’T get ANY more candy!” Followed by no resistance, he LOVES candy!

Once that was done, I had to get him off the couch again since he loves jumping on the couch. This time to get him up to his bedroom, I had to pretend to chase him. He loves to be chased! Once we were up, I had to play for 1 minute and then put a diaper on. He doesn’t use diapers during the day only night. Which of course he didn’t want to put on. Then he didn’t want to sleep. He insisted on sitting. After a lot of back and forth…he finally fell asleep!



Tonight it was less bedtime struggle but one thing is for sure. He does not like going to bed when he is told too!

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