Many non-parents may wonder, how hard can putting a child to bed be? Surely it consists of a story, a kiss goodnight and then walking out the door? Our first child fell into that camp but not our second. Our second is a seasoned anti-bedtime campaigner. She’s a gold-medal contender for the most evasive bed dweller of all times. A champion evader.
Over the years we have gone through all manner of routines and tricks in a bid to get her to sleep.
We’ve closed the door. We’ve kept the door open. We’ve been chastised for not keeping the door ajar at the precise angle she likes. Which changes often.
We’ve tried a nightlight, no nightlight, three nightlights. She soon began turning the big light on herself, assisted by the initiative of moving her little chair over to the wall so she could reach the switch.
We’ve tried one book, we’ve tried ten. Long stories, short stories.
We’ve tried songs, dances, patting…. Honestly there’s not a bedtime stone we have left unturned.
For a period of time we inevitably have a winning streak – a few weeks of stress free bedtimes, but invariably she moves the goal posts and we’re back at stage one.
Even when we get the ‘putting to bed’ bit right, we are confronted with the next component of the challenge: her staying in bed and actually going to sleep.
Me need drink.