Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bedroom Time, no, not for grown-ups

Love and Logic part 3

Tired of bedtime fights? Try bedroom time! The theory is that they need too learn how to fall alseep by themselves. After all, if someone tells you, "go to sleep right now!" Can you fall asleep?

This little gem teaches them to go to sleep when they are tired and that staying up really late isn't as fun as you would think.

We didn't even get out of the church parking lot before we decided to spring this one on the kids.

Us: Are you guys tired of us telling you when to go to bed?

Them: YES!

Us: Do you think we send you to bed too early?

Them: YES!

Us: Well we have an idea. You can stay up as late as you want!

Them: WHAT??!!

Us: Yes, you can stay up as late as you want, but there are a few rules.

Them: OK! What are they?

Us: You have to get your pajamas on, brush your teeth and stay in your rooms when we send you for bedroom time. No coming out to say you are hungry and thirsty. You stay in your room.

Them: OK, is that it?

Us: One more thing, we get up at 6 am and you shower/bathe and get ready for school. No complaining.

Them: OK! It's a deal.

So last night, for the first time ever without complaining, they got in pjs, brushed teeth and ran up to bedroom time.

Hayden fell right asleep.
Griffin watched a little tv and was asleep by 9.
Carter stayed up until 10:30 watching a Disney Channel movie.

The real learning takes place later today, when those little angels turn into grumpy, tired little boys. Then during tonight's bedroom time they should fall asleep earlier.

Wish us luck....luck that we don't get a call from school about our grumpy boys!


Wendi said...

You are one smart mama!
I may have to follow your lead.
Good luck tonight!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

That sounds like a great plan...let us know how it works. I think I will keep that idea in my little bag of Mommy tricks and pull out when Carter is older.

I have read the Love and Logic book, but I think I need a refresher on it now that I can use it...I read it just after Carter was born...a little too early, huh?

Kristen said...

Keep us updated on how it works. You may have inspired me to find a Love and Logic class because me yelling all the time doesn't seem to be doing the trick :0)

4funboys said...

isn't it amzaing how what works for one kid, puts another over the edge???

good luck.

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

I'm really curious if it worked. My kids just kept going like Energizer bunnies and then started complaining but continued staying up late. We finally just went back to yelling. The one thing that we started doing that has been really helpful is letting them listen to Story Nory (an awesome iTunes podcast - check it out)or other downloaded books as they fall asleep. There rarely come down to bug us because they hate to miss part of the story!