Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bedtime for Frances

When I was little there was this book I loved called "Bedtime for Frances." In the story Frances has to go to bed, but every time her parents put her in bed she asks for something: one last kiss, a glass of water, a light on, etc. The theme to the story is similar to that of "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie," the character always needs ONE more thing.

Now, I'm reliving the book through Christopher :/ Every night right as I go towards the stairs he has some request: wants water, wants to be tucked in, wants a kiss, wants a book, wants the light on, and even tries to ask for things that are off limits at bedtime like to have his computer. Eventually, I tell him this IS it and then the crying begins....... It's exhausting. Anyone have this with their child(ren) or have some suggestions on what I can do? We do have a strict bedtime routine and plug in a night light.  

6 comments:

  1. hmm. I don't have kids. so no advice.

    but, err.. happy Valentine's Day?

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  2. That's so sweet.. but incredibly exhausting. Hope you figure out something to fix it soon!

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  3. Hmm, not sure if it would work, but maybe you could ask him to list his Three Bedtime Wishes and make it into a story. He has a choice what three things: Like glass of water, tuck in, bedtime story. And then he must agree that all other wishes must wait for tomorrow? That's a tough one, but not uncommon. I'm sure other moms would have more advice for you. - Britta

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  4. He sounds like my little guy! He must have his stuffed animals, water, pacifier, books and the light on. I read him a few books, make sure he has his water, turn the light down low and tuck him in. He will be 3 in April and is still in a crib, which has a little tent on it so he can't climb out, but I some times just let him lay in his bed, read himself books and just let him fall asleep on his own. Have you tried giving him a book in his bed and asking him to stay in his bed with it?

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  5. Britta, that's a great idea! Maybe telling him that before bedtime even begins.

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  6. Yeah! And if he buys into the idea, you could even craft a cute little Wishes chalk board, and each night before bed you can erase last nights wishes, and write in the new ones! he'll maybe feel like those wishes were exactly the things he wanted, and forget that they were actually just stall tactics to begin with! Ha! Kids, they know sneaky early!

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