I seem to have a couple of night-owls on my hands. I have two DD's 2yo and almost 5yo. Our bedtime routine starts with bath. Books are at about 7:30 as a family on the couch, and each of us takes a girl to her room just before 8:00. Lights out is supposed to be at 8:15. They are both often still awake in their beds at 9:15. Some nights it's later. DD1 can see my husband on the couch from her bed, and I stay in DD2's room with her until she falls asleep. (That needs to change soon, however, as I'm getting pretty frustrated with the routine, but that's a different story for a different day.) I feel like resting in bed in a dark room is more relaxing/restful than having the lights on or being up and playing, and in the past I assumed that after a certain amount of time with this routine, they'd start falling asleep earlier. That does not appear to be the case. In some ways I wouldn't care about this, except that we have a pretty early morning. We need to leave the house by 7:00, so my husband and I are up at 5:00, and we get the kids up just after 6:00. DD1 is a major morning grouch and has big meltdowns about the morning procedures and routines. But I can't get her to sleep any earlier!
So what do you think? Do we all just have a certain sleep personality? Am I wasting my time trying to get them to sleep earlier?