Tell me we’re not the only ones who have problems getting kids to stay in bed at night, please! The older two do pretty good about staying in bed and, as a result, they get to stay up a little later. We tried letting Megan stay up a little later, but she won’t stay in bed at the later time — or the earlier time, for that matter.
The fact that staying in bed at your earlier time is a requirement for being rewarded a later bedtime apparently means nothing to her. So, a few weeks ago, we instituted a new rule: the thirty minute rule. For each time she gets up, she has to go to bed thirty minutes earlier the next night.
Now, I’m not talking about legitimate needs, here — bad dreams, thunderstorms. I’m talking about your common, ordinary I need a drink (because I wasn’t thirsty thirty seconds ago when I got into bed) or I have to go to the bathroom (because, although I can go hours without a bathroom break during the day, my bladder fills up exceptionally fast at night) or I just wanted to give you another (like, as in, number fifteen) hug. You know those needs that all add up to, I just don’t want to go to bed right now.
So far, the thirty minute rule is working wonders. Megan has even told me a time or two that she really, really wanted to get up, but not bad enough to lose thirty minutes the next night. See? It’s all a matter of choice.
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