Dealing With Bedtime Battles With Preschoolers (And Toddlers)

I’ve told you before about how my kids don’t want to nap or sleep when they are supposed to. So here was my afternoon/evening yesterday, and if we’re being honest, most days/nights go the same:

3:00 PM: “YOU GUYS NEED TO LAY DOWN FOR REST TIME RIGHT NOW! IF YOU AREN’T GOING TO TAKE A NAP, LAY DOWN AND SHUT UP!” (Yes, I have said that before)

5:00 PM: “Okay, NO WAY you are taking a nap right now! Wake up! Let’s go play outside? Oh, you don’t want to play now? Are you kidding me? Okay, let’s go take a bath. Then we’ll eat dinner. And then you can have some milk and watch TV.” I know if they sit, even for a minute, they’ll be sleeping. So I need to make sure they’ve eaten and taken a bath first.

7:00 PM: They sleep! Well, the girls are sleeping on the couch while Ethan watches a movie in his room. The first time all day there has been quiet in the house.

9:00 PM: Jason takes the girls up to bed. Ethan is already asleep in his room. Ah, serenity now (finally!)

Now at this point I should mention that I put my foot down at the beginning of the year and said that no kids can sleep in our room anymore, and that I refused to sleep in bed with Tater or on the floor in the girls’ room.

Yep, it had gotten so bad that Jason and I weren’t even sleeping together because it was easier for me not to argue with the kids and just crash out with them. At least we all got to sleep all night that way.

But after some major battles and sleepless nights, we finally got the kids to sleep in their beds, all night. And I got to sleep with my husband again.

Well, that is until Jason was working late and I let the kids sleep in bed with me. It took less than 3 days to ruin all the hard work we had accomplished by getting them all in their own beds in the first place…

11:00 PM: After watching some TV by myself, I finally head to my own bed.

12:15 AM: “MOMMY!” Lila has woken up and realized that I’m not in her line of sight or in arm’s length. I head to the girls’ room. “Shhh! Please don’t wake your sister” I say. She doesn’t care who she wakes up, so into my bed she goes because I want to sleep.

2:00 AM: “MOMMY!” Tater wakes up. “I’m scared Mom…will you lay down with me?” Of course I will, because I want to sleep.

4:00 AM: “MOMMY!” Mia is awake and not happy. “Mommy’s bed! Mommy’s bed!” Okay Mia, if you’ll let me sleep, come on in because I really want to sleep.

5:30 AM: Jason gets up to go to work, and wakes me up. Again.

7:15 AM: The kids are up. And the day begins. Again. I’ve gotten a total of zero hours of restful sleep.

So yeah, I’m in bedtime battle hell right now…nobody wants to sleep when they are supposed to, and nobody wants to sleep alone. One thing that the kids love to do after bath is listen to this cool song…I think your kids will love it too!

My question to you is this: How do you solve bedtime battles with your preschooler?

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