uggh… we’ve never had a problem with bedtime, it was never negotiable for me and I didn’t let them get away with staying up or running in and out of bed, etc… Actually I lie, it was a problem for about two months last year when boy2001 and girl2004 were sharing a room. They would laugh their little heads off and sing and chant, I would try not to lose my cool which was REALLY hard, I need my beauty sleep!
Anyway, we moved boy2001 to his own room and voila, no problem everyone was happy to sleep in their redesigned rooms! it was that simple and it’s been that way for the last 7 months or so.
Now that it’s summer we hang out downstairs at night which leaves the kids somewhat on the honor system upstairs, you guessed they’re abusing it… to the point where I am back upstairs in our room, but they dare not get out of bed with me that close so they fall asleep. An inconvenience for me, but well worth it to get everyone to sleep faster.