Join Date: Feb 2014
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My children are probably younger than yours, but I can understand your crabbiness at bedtime. I feel the same way when that time comes around. Mine are 1 and 4, I co-sleep at least half the night with them, and the process of putting them to bed is exhausting for me. Mamaprovides, you mentioned a 3pm slump. Well, I have a 12 noon slump. I'm over it by about 3 or 4pm, but by the time supper and bathtime is over, I'm way ready for a lie-down, while the two little ones are in a party mood. I let them play whatever game they are into at the moment (practising walking for 1 yo DD, assorted role-playing pretend games for 4 yo DS) and try not to over-exert myself in the process. I try to find creative ways to incorporate bedtime preparations (jammies and tooth-brushing) into the play, but my creative juices are pretty depleted by this time. So mostly it's just a matter of finding patience, gently reminding DS, over and over again, until he is ready to brush his teeth and get into his jammies. Then, it's a matter of keeping DD calm while I read DS a story, then sing them to sleep. Lately, I found that three verses of Silent Night and three verses of Away in a Manger (thank goodness they're into Christmas carols) does the trick. Then it's a 20 minute nap for me, before getting up to do the dishes. Not my most favourite time of the day, except for that beautiful moment when they are finally quiet and drifting off.