btw about the 'on' time. since dd was 5 or 6 i have asked for my time at night. let me tell you when dd finally took off with reading, i now have to bug her for together time. otherwise she has a nose in her book. many times our down time is together both reading next to each other.
i think when ur older one starts reading, and enjoys it, it might ease things up a bit.
I've had this thought as well. Good to hear that is something I can really look forward to.
Does anyone else ease up on bedtimes or do away with them in the summer? As a homeschooling mom maybe I'm thinking about this earlier than my schooling counterparts are. When this cold, rainy spell goes away (grrr) it is already beautiful late into the evening.