For the past month or so, bedtime has been particularly fractious. Sometimes I couldn’t even get to the bottom of the stairs before having to go back up and put one of the children back to bed. Normally they’re pretty good – in fact some people have been quite envious of how easily my children would go up.
Lately it’s been a different story. Their 7pm bedtime is a farce now because none of them would stop fighting me until at least 9pm, sometimes later.
I spent so much time longing for the days when I could put my children to bed and hear hardly a peep from them. A chance to rest, regroup and be Lauren.
I decided to throw caution to the wind and almost completely abandon bedtime.
There are only two rules: in your rooms by 8pm and no gadgets upstairs.
They still have a story or a lullaby if they want. When it’s time for me to go downstairs I say “have fun playing, Mummy and Daddy love you!”
Sometimes I get called up to tuck them in but generally they put themselves to bed of their own accord when they are tired. This is almost always by 9:30pm and never after 10.
The result? A more relaxed evening. Happier parents and happier children.
What’s your bedtime routine like? Would you abandon bedtimes?