Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Bedtimes Revisited

Oh yes, just a year ago I was lamenting this issue.   Thankfully, we made it to the last week of school (for Caroline) and haven't had too many issues.  Maybe because we've relaxed slightly on the 8pm bedtime lately or maybe because they are wearing us down, but it hasn't been too much of a problem.  It also helps that it has been so hot, that the house has been closed up and shades drawn, so getting them to bed is a little easier.

But now we are in the last week of school and honestly, what's the freaking point?  Well, my friends, the point is mine and Jason's sanity!  The children need to go to bed so we can have some downtime before going to bed ourselves at 10pm.  Sometimes we'd like to watch a grown up show or two.  Sometimes we just want to lay on the couch and NOT talk to someone or answer questions.  Most nights, Piper is ready to sleep at 8pm and doesn't present too much of a problem going to sleep.  Last night, she proved me wrong though and was up having Caroline read to her.  But tonight, she passed out.  Bryce is generally pretty tuckered out by 8:30 and if is kept awake messing around with Caroline, will crumble into a million tears when confronted by his parents.  And then there's the queen of staying up later than she's supposed to, Caroline.  She's 7 1/2 and 8pm is clearly too early for her.  On the nights she is content to stay in her room and read, color, or just play around, she's fine.  On the nights she's restless and involves a sibling, there's trouble.

I'm trying to figure out how we're going to work this in the summer.  Mine and Jason's work schedules don't change and we're still getting up at 5:30 am and 4am, respectively.  Caroline is getting old enough to question why they have to go to bed earlier than most other kids and when they don't have to get up early in the summer.  I've resolved myself to getting Piper to bed on time and letting the older two either read in their rooms or have "brother/sister" time where they play quietly in one another's rooms.

We've never gotten into the habit with them of watching TV before bed and I don't plan to.  With DVR, what kid needs to stay up too late watching TV?  Not mine.  Obviously, none of my kids have a TV in their room but Jason and I do have an old 13 inch TV in our room that the kids have recently taken over.  We'll find them up lounging on the bed watching Nickelodeon.  The problem is with a 14 year old TV is that it doesn't have parental controls like the one downstairs and they can tune into iCarly or some other dumb show that we blocked downstairs.  We're generally pretty on top of them watching TV up there but they think they're pretty cool kids figuring that out.  (Who am I kidding, I did the same thing when I was a kid!)

So now with that random digression, I'll say good night.  I have Piper's meeting tomorrow morning about whether or not she still qualifies for speech therapy, so while I don't have to go to work a my usual time, I've got to get that workout in before the rug rats get up or it will never happen, so onto bed!

1 comment:

Heather said...

What if you reward Caroline with a later bedtime? I know you mentioned having some issues, at times, with her....perhaps this would be incentive for her? Also, a little something special for the big sister in the house. Most of my second graders go to bed between 8-8:30 (I asked them for a class project a few weeks ago). As for Caroline asking about why other kids get to stay up later...its a good opportunity to discuss YOUR house rules and how they might be different from other families. You can use positive and "negative" examples like some kids are not allowed to watch TV, some kids have to eat their broccoli before leaving the dinner table even if they don't like it, some kids stay up later etc. Just ideas...I'm rambling, I know.