Tired of 3 hour bedtime ritual!!
I am at my wits end. I have a four+ year old girl and an almost three yr old boy. We start bedtime ritual around 8:15-8:45. They are both up and down, out of bed, a million excuses. I catch my boy in his toybox at 11:00PM! I have tried yelling, cuddling, sleeping with them (a mistake) everything - I am just exhausted by 11:00 and have not gotten anything else done because I am running between rooms and chasing kids back in to bed. The process drains me every night. I thought of starting earlier, closer to 7:30 but I feel like that takes away from "happy" family time, I dont want them to eat dinner and get ready right for bed. On bath nights, its even worse. Why does it take my kids so long to actually fall asleep. I wake them up around 8:00am because I know they need their sleep. I guess I should get them up earlier. Any advice or success stories??? Much needed and appreciated!