I am a mother of two children. My daughter is 7 and my son is 3. Is it just my family or is bed time another full time job in itself? I actually believe that my kids think that bedtime is when Mommy and Daddy stay up all night, watch movies, eat ice cream, talk to Nana and Peepaw, and just party. I think they are afraid that they are going to miss out on something if they go to bed.
What really happens after the children go to bed you might ask... NOTHING! We are so exhausted from working all day, cooking dinner, cleaning up after dinner, forcing our children to bathe, dressing them and demanding they go to bed for an hour!
Many people ask me if I seen shows on T.V....I laugh, T.V ? Hmmm. Can't say that I remember what that is. If I want to watch a show or movie I have to DVR it and hope my kids didn't delete it. By the time I get to it, if it's still there the show is now 2 months or more old. Then, if I am lucky the kids are actually sleeping and don't wake up.
So, I guess Mommy and Daddy do stay up for a little bit. I would say long enough to unwind and relax.
I don't remember bed time being so complicated growing up. When my mother said it's time for a bath.... I knew that meant to stop whatever i'm doing, go get my nightgown, get in the tub, get dressed, brush my teeth, give Mom and Dad a kiss and tell them good night, and I went to bed.
Now I have to threaten to take away toys. Shut off the t.v. TWICE! Then my husband threatens to spank them. This works. But wouldn't you know it, they are thirsty, hungry, and/or tired! Yes! T I R E D! Apparently in my house being too tired is an excuse why they can't "fall" asleep.
Lately my son has been refusing to sleep in his room, okay it's stormed; I can understand being 3 and afraid. He crawls in my bed and lays sideways. What is it with children and laying sideways in a bed? I end up being sandwiched in. LOL.
Children are funny aren't they?