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Bedtime Woes – Aren’t Just For Newborns & Toddlers!

My kids are great kids but let’s face it – they’re kids, and although I don’t have too many gripes, We do have some struggles..
One being recently they’ve started this little trend where they will dawdle at bedtime. They will have to pee three times, they’ll have to re-brush their teeth because they might have missed a spot! They fight and take their time to tell the tale. It’s just always something.
Now? They like to lay down for half an hour or so, then come downstairs for some water, sit at the table sipping on said water. I’m all, hello didn’t I just put you to bed? This can happen multiple times a night.
Kyla is the worst for it – she does this every single night. Ava does it usually only when her legs are hurting her. Jordan will come down for a drink, or toilet paper or to tell me something he forgot to tell me after school, multiple times a week. I honestly don’t get it. What is so hard about “it’s bedtime!”? It can get so frustrating especially when they never have reasons besides “I was thirsty” okay well we have mini cups in the bathroom for that, and it doesn’t take them hours and multiple trips for that one drink. So what is truly going on?
They are tired. Their behaviour is a fine indicator of that. We’ve tried later bedtimes, earlier bedtimes.. Doesn’t work. They all with the exception of Jordan have night lights or some form of one – the girls have flower lamps that change colour for when they sleep. The boys have a flashing sign lighting up their room that says “ROCK!”.. All leave their bedroom doors open a bit, with the upstairs bathroom light on – So I know it’s not that. I don’t think it’s a separation thing; or Could it be?
They have bedtime snacks, plus a few sips of a drink before heading up to brush their teeth, go pee and we read bedtime stories. What is it in those thirty minutes after they’ve been given kisses and tucked in do they do that makes them so thirsty they need a drink? their bladder so full they MUST PEE NOW? Or there is something left unsaid they must say RIGHT NOW? Clueless mom here because I don’t get it.
Last night Kyla came down three hours after our bedtime routine, she got a drink. . . Sat on the floor staring at the baby, not even saying a word. I asked her what she’s doing? She said “getting a drink.” This was well after 10 o’clock at night. Way past bedtime, and not time to be up messing around..
Bedtime is mama’s time to relax, get some work done, write a blog…and generally just have some quiet “me” time. But this is becoming a habit. It’s starting to feel like I don’t ever get some time to myself, and that is a must for any parent… But, more than that – I wan’t to get to the bottom of what is going on. She says nothing, and never has any reasons or excuses besides being thirsty. But I’m not really buying it…
My kids are brutal in the am if they don’t get adequate sleep so – I need to nip this in the bud pronto…… I just don’t know what is going on. Has anyone else dealt with this before? I can’t be the only one….