I’m currently sitting here, stuffing my face full of avocado hummus and corn chips, waiting for the screaming to stop.
My youngest (just over three) has developed a new habit whereby approximately two minutes after being tucked in, he requests to be re-tucked in.
And then two minutes after we happily oblige, he requests to be tucked in again.
And again. And again.
So as you can imagine, after about two weeks of this (yes, it took us this long to recognize that we were being played like a fiddle), we’d had enough decided that it was time for this little jack-in-the-box routine to come to an end.
Our strategy was pretty simple:
Go through our usual night time routine at the normal time, with the same “I love yous” and “Goodnights”, with an added “We’ll see you in the morning.”
We talked it over with him, coming to an agreement that it was lights out, letting him know we wouldn’t be coming back in his room and would see him at breakfast.
Silently high-fiving ourselves for handling everything so well, we left his room.
And not two minutes later he was crying out to be tucked in again…
I’ll spare you the details, but our exchange was essentially a bunch of “I love you and I’ll see you in the mornings” followed by him giving us a *rather loud* piece of his mind.
It’s hard, isn’t it? These situations.
Because we all handle them differently. We all have widely different ideas of what is “right” or what “should” be done.
But the one thing we all have in common, no matter the method, is that we’re doing our best.
And even though it really really sucks, sometimes doing your best involves setting boundaries that your kids really don’t like.
So my friends and fellow parents in the trenches, stuffing your face with avocado hummus and corn chips as your kids are fighting the bedtime fight, I’m right there with ya.
Or at least I was.
Because somewhere in the time I sat down to write you this little note, he settled on his own, just as we knew he would.
So now it’s quiet.
And I need a glass of wine.