It isn't always that simple, a request for water or an occasional whimper about not being sleepy...but her determination to derail the bedtime routine has hit a new level lately. There is no end to the requests... Tonight it was twoseparate requests for water, two books, three teddy bears, one 'go get daddy to say good night again' etc etc. I accommodate to a certain point and finally just then say 'ok, i will get X but then mommy has to go." and I follow through. But the moment I walk out that door, she bursts into tears. I will go back in quickly, mostly because I don't want her to wake up her 1 yr old brother next door who is a light sleeper and a terrible sleeper overall.
I tried to handle it gently but firmly tonight but after the fourth attempt to leave and even louder crying I snapped at her to 'Stop it' in a very pinched tone which made her cry harder, my husband scold me and made me feel equal parts angry and disappointed in myself.
How do I get bedtime back on track? Any ideas that have worked for you?