Bedtime Blues

OK, seriously, I need some help. I honestly don't know what the problem is - whether it's an age thing, a having-a-kid-with-imagination thing, an attention thing…but getting Mac into bed at night has become an exercise in frustration.

Before I had kids, I had this vision of bedtime being this awesome time when the kids would hurry to get into their PJ's and then sit riveted while I read them a book. I remember when I was younger that my mom would tell us to get into our PJ's early so that she would read my brother and I an extra chapter - and we were so excited!! Yes, we are bookworms.  But I digress. Bedtime with Mac is NOT like this.

What's crazy is that now, he's freaking out whenever we try to put him down. He calls us back to his room about a zillion times, or comes upstairs crying because he suddenly remembers that he hurt his pinky that morning and now it's super important that he gets his booboo kissed.

Part of me gets it. I mean, I had a room in the basement when I was little and my mom has told me that she's come downstairs after she'd put me down and find me curled in a ball at the bottom of the stairs, asleep. I knew that I would get in trouble if I went upstairs, so I would get as close as I could without actually going upstairs.  Mac has no such compunction. He yells. He screams. He whines. And I am out of patience. I've tried being understanding. I've tried being stern. I've tried punishments. I'm. SO. Done. I hate that bedtime has become a fight.

What are your bedtime routines? What works for you?

And if you are one of those lucky people who's kids go down without a problem, don't tell me. Instead, walk to your bedroom, shut the door, kneel down and thank your lucky stars that your kids is cool with bedtime.


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