Things I Don’t Know About Getting My Kids to Sleep
I know this post should be about the things I know, but this week I am rather perplexed about my children’s new found “issues” when going to sleep. And it’s not just one, nor two, it is all three who, for some reason this week, are usually still awake after 8.30pm.
Seriously, what’s up with that? Don’t they realise Mummy and Daddy need kid-free time each evening? Don’t they appreciate that Mummy would really love to watch an episode of Glee or Beauty and the Geek in full AND free from unwelcome nocturnal disturbances? Is that really too much to ask?
All pathetic attempts at jokes aside, it is really getting frustrating to still have them awake well after their bedtime. And it seems each child has their own reasons for failing to enter the land of nod.
Gilbert Bear has always tended to stay up a bit later but can usually be relied upon to read books quietly in bed until he feels tired. This week he has been disturbed by storms we had earlier in the week (he has a real phobia in relation to storms and thunder and lightning).
Add in his natural anxiety surrounding his transition visits to his local school and I think I know why he is having trouble going to sleep. I just don’t know what to do to relieve his stress and anxiety and get him snoozing (in his own bed) before 9pm!
Matilda Bear has never been the greatest sleeper – she often suffers from nightmares and night terrors – and has always had trouble going to sleep. But this week has been pretty bad, even by her standards, and I don’t know what to do to make things better.
She has blamed the heat for her struggles going to sleep which I can understand – it has been stifling at times this week – but that hasn’t been the case every night. One night she was too busy cleaning up her desk to bother even trying to go to sleep (the joys of the Aspergers child!) while on another night she was too preoccupied entertaining her baby sister to waste her energy on snoozing…
Which brings me to Delilah Bear. From day 1, Delilah has been one of those “good” sleepers. She started sleeping through at the age of 4 months and has always self settled herself. I’ve rarely needed to intervene to get her to sleep or to keep her asleep. She has been so easy!
However, this week she has been more unsettled than she’s ever been. I know it is a combination of teething (the poor possum is getting all four of her eye teeth in one painful go) and being disturbed by Matilda’s nocturnal activities (the girls share a room). But it’s still hard to see your normally settled 18 month old, wide awake and upset, 2 hours after her normal bedtime…
So, short of reading them “Go the F*ck to Sleep” (which may be slightly inappropriate), I’m sort of out of ideas as to how to get them settled and off to sleep at a reasonable hour. Do you have any ideas to help me reclaim my coveted uninterrupted 7.30pm TV viewing time?
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