Susie - posted on 01/21/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 4 year old daughter,is a nightmare,to get off to bed,since we removed the gate,that locked her in at night.We perform the same ritual night and night again.
She always says that she is not tired,whether it is her regular bedtime of 8pm,or even later.
She will call me back to her bed,over and over again,asking for more kisses and cuddles.If I
don't respond and don't return to her,she will get out of bed and come and find me.
She also loves to use every excuse in the book,to keep me there,or to get me to further
participate,in this annoying battle of wills,at bedtime.I.E: 'I'm scared of the dark',even though her nightlight is on,or 'I need more kisses and cuddles'.'My lips are dry,I need lip gloss' etc.
Eventually,she will give in and go off to sleep,but it's this ritual,of not going off to bed and
staying quietly,in her room,until it is sleep time,that does my head in.This usually lasts for half an hour,after story time and the announcement of bedtime.Do I need to put the gate back on and renegotiate with her,at 5 years old?!!!!!