I owe you all an update on bedtime. I don’t necessarily feel like I can close the book on this chapter, but I do feel like I can say that things have improved immensely!
Things we did:
- Reviewed in detail with all 3 kids what the bedtime schedule is – lying with each kid x 10 minutes after reading books to G. I presented this with the air of “this is just how we are doing weeknight bedtime this year.” No room for debate . . .
- Stopped screen time during the week. (Not going to lie, I miss the quiet hour or so after dinner. But for now this sacrifice feels worth it.)
- Continued my suboptimal behavioral reinforcement sticker chart. Even though I agree more timely rewards would be better, I just decided to stick with it since I had already started + laid down the law. Thus far there has been one earned reward which we went to get a Target this past weekend. The next reward is after 10 nights.
- Did the “boringly walk her back to room” method 1-2 nights. (I believe 2 nights was all it took?!). There was some crying and she did not get stickers those nights, but it didn’t take THAT long either night for her to fall asleep.
- Started school, which requires a 6:45 am wakeup and is generally pretty tiring.
Between all of the above, I am amazed to say all 3 kids were asleep at 8:30 last night and G is now consistently staying in her room after 10 minutes with me, and falling asleep on her own. Unfortunately there are a lot of variables that changed so it is hard to know exactly what worked! But I’m just happy it has so far.
And the tooth fairy has been busy . . .
Both A&G lost their first teeth before age 5, and C right after turning 5 – I guess we have some very early tooth-shedding genes in the family! G is growing up fast . . .
Off to run. I am TIRRRRRRED. I think it may be the magnesium/riboflavin/coQ10 supplement recommended by the headache specialist. I will give it a few more days because maybe it’s just the start of the school year etc, but I don’t know – I’m actually extra sleepy (but do not actually want to spend any more time sleeping . . . )