Here at Mouths of Mums, we always seem to be lamenting the fact that at least one of our children are tired.
All brought on undoubtedly by the fact that they were late to bed the night before (for any number of reasons).
I don’t think there’s any magic formula and try as I might I sometimes attempt to put one of my children to bed before the others. Isn’t it fair that the 9 year old gets to stay up later than the nearly 4 year old? Rationally, of course. But try telling the little one that. I’ve tried to explain to her that when you sleep you grow and that she has more growing to do, but she won’t be in it.
So, we’ve reached a good middle ground that seems to work for everyone. My two daughters (who share a bedroom by choice) both are ideally in bed by 7.30pm (and that’s stories read, teeth brushed etc) with lights out and no talking. Oldest son (9) goes to bed at the same time but reads for between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on what type of day he’s had or what type of day he has coming up the next day.
The girls have seemed to accept this as a compromise – at least he’s not down hanging out with us or watching TV.
Some days if they’re all going crazy, World War III is erupting and hubbie and I are getting cranky, I just call it quits. We drop everything, abandon any hope of clean teeth and just get them to bed. I have been known to put them to bed in their clothes depending on how tired they are and how urgently they need to sleep. It’s nothing a bath and a big brush in the morning won’t fix.
What’s the night-time schedule like in your house? Any tips for mums struggling to get consistency in bedtimes? Anything you wish you’d done differently? And do you let them stay up late on the holidays?