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Title: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: KatyD on October 16, 2013, 09:33 AM
What do your 4-6 year olds use as procrastination methods at bedtime? Another story? Another drink of water? Another trip to the bathroom? Another question? Checking for monsters? Tucking in stuffed critters? What else?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: RaeE on October 16, 2013, 09:52 AM
Yes, absolutely to all of those. Also a missing sock, pajamas that don't fit right, a sudden noise, or an "emergency" recollection of something they forgot to do during the day. (Complete with "EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY! screams.) Most often with one of mine, though, is getting out of bed and coming downstairs to tell us that he is too tired to go to bed. :gaah
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: Tammi on October 16, 2013, 10:11 AM
One more hug!

One more kiss!
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: Andi W. on October 16, 2013, 10:19 AM
losing/ misplacing stuffed animal or blanket, too hot, too cold
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: jenklein on October 16, 2013, 02:38 PM
My brother/sister is snoring/breathing-too-loudly/talking-to-me/flicking-the-bunkbed-rails/burping.
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: Liz Straw on October 16, 2013, 05:46 PM
arguments over nightlights being on or off, door being open or shut

(I had a room when I was 2-14 where the door had to stay open at night for air circulation - there was no heating duct in the room and in the summer the sun hit directly on my window, second story, and it became very hot so door was always open - I still hate a closed door and I am a big girl now. LOL).
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: Karen Bly on October 16, 2013, 05:51 PM
Another drink, another bathroom trip, not enough light from the nightlight, ear is too hot, secretly turning light back on to read more Garfield. Oh, and pajamas must match.
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: crookedbook on October 16, 2013, 06:09 PM
Turning on the fan - it's too hot

Turning off the fan - it's too "whirr-y"

Adding a blanket. Folding the blanket a certain way. "All blankets are awful."

Complaining when some part of bedtime ritual is not done "right"

Stomach hurts.

The rug is crooked.

Made up nightmares before she has even closed her eyes

These are actual things my 3.5 yr old has done.

 

Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: KatyD on October 17, 2013, 09:07 AM
Thanks, guys!
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: JennaWren on October 17, 2013, 02:21 PM
Also with stuffies: rearranging, reorganizing, choosing/changing mind about who sleeps in the bed, looking for a missing stuffy, which stuffy is a little creepy all of a sudden and needs to be removed....
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: Vijaya on October 17, 2013, 02:37 PM
Hee hee ...

"and then ..." kid is rattling off another scenario.
creepy shadows
beloved pet is busy stalking imaginary mice
mice in the walls

Vijaya
Title: Re: Bedtime Procrastination Methods
Post by: RG Stones on October 17, 2013, 03:03 PM
I'm so happy to hear all these comments. I sometimes wonder if bedtime is so hard for others. :)

My kids do nearly all of the above, plus a few others:

Forgot to get something from/put something in a backpack for school the next morning.
Left something outside.
Forgot to do homework
"It takes too long to fall asleep."
Hearing coyotes (we live in the desert), dogs barking, or neighbors' music or cars
Forgot to put my tooth out for the tooth fairy (or note for Santa)
Afraid that the smoke or home alarm will go off (this happened once and they've been paranoid since)
Just wondering what Mom & Dad are doing (they always think they're missing out on fun, and are disappointed to learn we're just working)
Just coming out to say I love you AGAIN & get another kiss (usually an attempt at guilt, because how can we send them back when they're being so sweet? Ha! Suckers, we do anyway.)
Porch light left on and shining in their windows
Brother's/Sister's music is too loud in the next room
Legs hurt (I can't decide if this one is fake or growing pains)
They have the wrong doll/teddy bear/whatever
Changed mind about clothes they want to wear the next day (we set them out the night before)

I'm sure tonight at their bedtime tonight I'll think of 4-5 more. :)