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Monday, January 24, 2011

Go to sleep!

My 6 year old doesn't go to sleep by himself.

I'm only in the mood for constructive criticism. Feel free to tell me what a fantastic mom you think I am, or tell me that your kids don't even have a bedtime. You just let them stay up all night.

Most days I love to snuggle up and lay down with him. He's a cuddle bug. He keeps one little arm on you all night. He loves a good pillow talk session. So many memories of funny things he has said have been said while going to sleep.

If he doesn't want one of us to lay with him, he wants to lay with us.

He knows if you get up, and calls you back right away.

"Mommy, why did you leave?"

"Oh, honey, mommy just needed to go potty. I'm back, go to sleep."

He's got this phobia of robbers and kidnappers. Yeah, I don't know where this came from, but it's a real worry for him. He always wants to know if our doors are locked?

"Oh, honey, there are no robbers or kidnappers coming. You're perfectly safe. Go to sleep."

He has never gone to sleep by himself. For years we just let him fall asleep on the couch, and then we'd move him to his bed once he was asleep. It wasn't like we let him stay up late. He literally fell asleep on the couch, no matter what was going on, by 8:00 every night. It was the easiest thing. We'd just move him, and go to bed.

But then, he got bigger, and we wanted to do a home experiment to see how long a couple could go without sex implement the whole bed time thing. He was going to be starting school, and needed a better routine.

"Pumpkin, it's time to stop talking. You can tell me all about it in the morning. Go to sleep."

Now look what we've done! We're stuck in there all night. By the time we finally get him to sleep sound, we're so tired we just end up falling asleep too.

Yawn..."Baby, mommy's really tired. Go to sleep."

So here's the deal, kid.

Mom and Dad need some mommy and daddy time.

Mommy is starting to dream of other men in her sleep, and that's not good.

So could you please go to sleep?!

"Mommy, is it time to get up yet?"

...Sigh, "Good morning, pumpkin."


At January 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger SuperMom Blues said...

Oh boy have I been there. I used to lay down with my daughter (now 7) to get her to go to sleep. Lately, she's been trying to talk us into letting her sleep with us (my husband and I) because we've moved into a new house and "there are scary ghosty noises". I am really REALLY hoping she will grow out of this . . . eventually . . .

At January 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

My Tyler is 8 and I still lay down with him and chat with him until he falls asleep ... we have the best conversations when it is just us and it is quiet... we usually head to bed and lay down early and watch some cartoons just to relax... You never get these years again so make them happy and yourself too!

At January 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Tylaine said...

I'd take him to pick out his own nightlight that he favors and then maybe try a little bedtime routine where he says goodnight to his toys in his room so he knows everything is ok?? Then a little cuddle time with mom and a goodnight book. Just an idea. That's a toughie. My little man is 6 also but fortunately we've never had a problem. The most important thing is to let him know you're not gonna give in and come back when you leave. 6 yr. olds definately know how to push your buttons and they will!!

At January 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM , Blogger Impulsive Addict said...

Momma and daddy time is uber important! I hope you can work it in there somehow! Is it bad that I get mommy/daddy time and I still dream of other (famous) men? I'm thinking yes. DARN IT!

At January 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Heidi said...

I have to agree with Impulsive Addict that 'adult time' with your hubby is so important.

Also, being able to fall asleep by ones self is a skill every child needs eventually. You've set up a habit that will take some time to re-direct, but with tender but firm direction, I know you can help him snooz'n' all on his own.

I know it's a sweet time, and you can still have that but with an ending time in mind. :)

Here's a site that was helpful to me when I was having some issues with our toddler shortly after our move.

She shares a blog/vlog once a week addressing a question or concern. Maybe she's already addressed something similar to your situation or you could submit a question?

At January 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Di said...

And Joey is thinking the 6 week ban postpartum is torturous. I'm totally sharing this with him so he can see how bad it could be! :)

As for the other matter - I'm no help. I did ban our stepson from sleeping in our bed. Hubby will lay down with him sometimes or we let him sleep on the couch. It was a struggle at first but its gotten easier with time. Not sure what the rules will be with Jellybean yet.


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