Summer is coming, the girls are getting older (5.5 and 7). I keep trying this every year about this time, but they just really have needed regular bedtimes. Sure enough, the gorgeous evenings would suddenly be filled with meltdowns within 1/2 hour after regular bedtime. So, we've tried it but it has never worked out on a regular basis.
Still, I keep hoping...... wanting to try listening to when they want (and are able) to start calling the shots a bit more. They are getting older, and at some point sooner or later I will have to have them awake until we turn in (pretty early, honestly). I would love to give them that freedom, but I have always ended up being "on" all the time.
Any tips on how to make a transition? I'm especially interested if you had bedtimes and set them aside. Of course, I'm interested in every experience, especially in regards to not having to run interference between the kids. This is the main reason we have strict bedtimes.
BTW, we homeschool, so it is not difficult for us to get enough sleep if we need it. I have had trouble, though, putting them to bed late only to have them get up at the normal time. Considering it gets light so early here near Solstice time, I worry about this. (We still have a family bed and I just cannot tolerate blackening shades on the windows, so that is out of the question for now. Yes I hate that more than I hate the early rising that has begun already!)