It’s getting harder to put the kids to bed. The little
stinkers, 5 and 7, have decided that they don’t need sleep any more.
Seven is their normal bed time, but that time seems to be
getting later and later every night as they put up more of a fight to stay
I’m not sure what they think they’re missing out on. Mum’s
daily dose of Eastenders perhaps? Or maybe they’ve heard rumours about Karl’s
antics on Corrie and just had to see it first hand.
I don’t know.
It’s not just the initial fight to get them to bed that’s
the problem. It’s the constant coming downstairs for the most trivial of
reasons that’s getting irksome.
Last night I thought, ‘I’ll keep a count of how many times
they come downstairs tonight’. Which I did because I’m cool like that.
Anyway, seven times our youngest came downstairs and our
eldest came down four times – all separately. That’s 11 disturbances (thank you
GCSE maths). Just not good enough.
It got to 10.15 and I heard the stairs again, which they
love to stand on and earwig for as long as they can.
So before the little one had a chance to say anything, I
jumped up, walked upstairs, picked her up and put her back in bed, accompanied
by a few stern words.
Still not asleep by 10.15? Not on my watch.
Here are the reasons why the little stinker got up:
2. Need the toilet.
4. Need the toilet.
5. Need the toilet.
6. Too hot.
7. Need a tissue.
8. It didn’t get to 8.
She’s trying to pull a fast one here. Either that or there’s
a medical problem. But she doesn’t need the toilet that often during the day
time. Funny that.
It’s getting more and more ridiculous every night and I’m
not really sure how to deal with it. I remember being the same when I was
little though, so I can’t really be too stern with her.
I’ve asked my mum what she did to stop me getting up all
night. She couldn’t remember so that wasn’t really a help. “You just grew out
of it”, doesn’t really help the current situation. Thanks anyway, mum.
I’m thinking maybe an incentive based thing where we give
them rewards for not getting up (unless it’s something genuine) – but how do you distinguish what’s genuine and
Time the length of her wee and decide after that? Measure
the percentage of liquid that’s gone from her beaker of squash?
All I know is that for a 5-year-old to be wide awake at
10.15 and still looking for excuses to stay awake when she’s got to be up at
7am for school is less than conducive to her attention span in class.
Not that you need that much attention in order to do potato
painting but that’s besides the point.
We regularly buy leisure vouchers
the cheap through daily deals websites like Voucher Cloud and Groupon, so we
could threaten to stop days out. But I enjoy them just as much as the kids so
that’d be a punishment to myself!
Our eldest isn’t too bad in comparison, although I still
class getting up four times a night as a bit of a micky take. Her excuses seem
a bit more believable though. Maybe she’s just learnt to play us.
What do you do though? Possibly a two-way baby monitor or
walkie talkies where she asks for permission to get up and if it sounds genuine
then give her the green light to come downstairs?
“Junior 2 requesting permission to use the lavatory.”
“Roger that Junior 2, all clear for descent.”
|“Junior 2 requesting permission.”
Not going to work is it. She’d see it as an excuse to stay
awake by constantly asking us questions.
Tell her that we’ve employed the booger man
to stand watch on
the stairs from 7pm to 7am? Possibly cruel. Possibly trauma inducing. Possibly
worth a shot regardless.
I’m kidding, I wouldn’t do that really, but something needs
to be done to break this cycle or it could get worse.
I don’t want to shout at her because I’ve never shouted at
either of them. Although that may work in my favour because they’ve never seen
me angry. Not that it makes me angry, just irked, so I’d have to pretend to be
angry and I’m the world’s worst at bluffing.
What would you do? Or what have you done in the past to stop
the kids getting out of bed all night?
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