5 Tricks for getting out of the room at bed-time

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We’ve all been there:

‘just ONE more story’

‘I’m hungry’

‘I’m thirsty’

‘Pat me’

I’m a mum of 3 (17, 9, 6) and here are the techniques that I switch between:

  1. Once the agreed number of books have been read, agree to one more ‘make it up’ story. I ask Miles to come up with 3 things I have to include in the story (a throw-back from my Improv classes!) and then I weave together a magic tale of fun and craziness for a few minutes. Somehow all of my stories have to have Batman, Superman and Spiderman in them.
    That reminds me – once, I said “Batman, Superman and Spiderman were invited to a party. They were so excited that they got there early, one by one. Batman came in and went straight to the party table and started eating all the Bats. Spiderman arrived next and started eating all the spiders. Then Superman arrived”. I asked Miles “what did Superman eat?” “SOUP!!” he shouted.
  2. Start talking about breakfast. “I’ll see you in the morning, and if we all get to sleep on time, we’ll have time to make pancakes for breakfast, would that be good? What will you have on yours? Will you drizzle the honey on mine for me?” “OK, let’s go to sleep straight away so tomorrow comes quicker!”
  3. “I’ll come back and check on you in 10 minutes.”
  4. Both kids have iPods attached to speakers in their room but they know they’re not allowed to listen to them every single night, and never unless they are in bed on time (7:30pm) and only for half an hour. I don’t think I’ve ever gone in to find them still awake after 8!
  5. if all else fails, sometimes it’s GOT TO be OK to give up and fall asleep with them, right?

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