My Love/Hate Relationship With Bed TimeDevan McGuinness
There is a certain chaos I am used to when it comes to the kids and all their wild energy. I am still trying to figure out a way to bottle that stuff up and sell it — imagine the stuff we could get done with it! Until that happens, I have to keep on keeping on while my kids out-energy me in everything.
It’s never more apparent — the difference in energy — than when dinner time “witching hour” comes crashing into our house and than into the whole bedtime routine thing. It’s been the same routine in our house for a long time, you would think the kids could anticipate the slow down that needs to happen before they rest their heads, but nope. I swear bedtime is the most chaotic time in our house.
We have a different schedule than others may have — ours has been modified for our son who has had trouble sleeping FOREVER, until about 3 years ago after a lot of tweaking and tears, we found this solution: We eat and then play for about an hour and then go to bed. The hour play has been slowly introduced from three years ago where the kids would go to bed right after dinner.
So, the dinner time chaos – or “witching hour” as many call it — is smashed up against the other commonly chaotic time of day — bedtime. So, for about 2 hours, our household is buzzing — the kids going crazy wild and Mom going — crazy. There really isn’t a whole lot of time between the energy of them eating and when we’re forcing them to crawl into bed. I know, some are going to ask why we don’t just but off bedtime or eat earlier and trust me, I have tried it. If Speed especially doesn’t eat right before bed, he will wake up a few times in the night asking for food or he will wake up crazy early for the day (like 3 or 4 am) and then be miserable. This is basically the best of both evils…
I look forward to bedtime around here because — well, I can have some alone time. I can think without the chaos and I get a huge bulk of my work done in the evenings when the kids are not on top of me. Why does it have to be so LOUD though?
:: What does bedtime look like at your house? :: Crazy or calm? I’m going to take photos for you all one day — it’s a mad house around here!
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