Karen - posted on 04/26/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )
My 3 kids are driving me crazy! I had them on a good routine of bedtime for months. Then I had to take a 2nd shift job for a few months (Dec.-Feb.) and all heck has broke loose. my husband was the one putting them tobed everynight and he had no problems except they would talk quitely for a long time. I had to quit my job, and he is now on 2nd shift. We do the routine we used to but they are now playing until 10-11:30 at night. I am pregnant with my 4th one and am so exhausted. I'm getting ready to start a part time job and need to be able to get my rest at night. So I got stricter, they are grounded this week and not allowed to play outside unless they are asleep by no later than 9:00pm. I know it's going to take some time to get to sleep by 8:30 so I figured I'd start with 9pm. They still play loud, laugh, run in and out of their room, and just plain refusing to go to sleep. If they are up past 9pm they have to go to bed an hour early for every hour they are up. My oldest thinks it's funny and actually laughs at me while i remind him. I'm at my wits end and don't know what to do. Maybe I'm being too strict. I don't know. My parents weren't that good at disciplining me and its really making it hard for me to learn how to do it. Like i said before, they used to go to bed just fine and be asleep within 15-30 min. tops.