I am torn between feeling:
a) accepting that G will not fall asleep on her own for the next ~5-6 years. I mean, I can just read a book in her room! It’s not THAT bad right?!
b) desperate for her to just GO TO BED like it seems like other kids her age are capable of (maybe?)
Our current routine is: teeth, books, Headspace kids’ sleep story, lie in her bed until she falls asleep (sometimes takes longer than the ~25 min story, and often goes past 9-9:30 pm). If we try to leave to spend time with the other kids or — gasp — have some adult time, there is instant mayhem. We deployed a sticker chart and it worked once (!) but last night this was not enticing enough, apparently. We will keep trying with it, but I’m already losing hope.
Maybe something more immediate like a ‘prize grab bag’ in the morning would be more enticing. (But also, is this too much bribery? Where is the line between bribery/coercion and incentive?)
What, if anything, did you do to teach your preschooler (4+) to go to sleep without a chaperone? Or should I just give up and assume the busier school year and early wakeup will make her sleep latency more reasonable anyway?
Any recommendations welcome . . .
PS: I am already tired out from this week.