Help! Any tips out there from more experienced moms that me? Bed time is becoming a nightmare in our home....countless trips to go potty (and actually going each time), "one more hug," "I just want to give you a kiss," "I'm scared," "I forgot to help you vacuum!" jumping on beds, you name it. We've tried rewards if they stay in bed...nope. The lure of getting out of bed is more exciting. We've tried spanking...nope. We've tried yelling. We've tried talking about it before lights go out. We've emphasized NO GETTING OUT OF BED!!! Nothing is working!
Here's our bed time routine. After playing downstairs, at about 8:00 - 8:15 we start cleaning up time, bathroom time, jammy time, brush out teeth and one more potty trip. Upstairs for story time (two stories on Daddy's lap, two short devotionals on the floor with Mama), prayer time, hugs and kisses, tuck into bed, lights out (by about 9:00)....yelling/screaming starts, getting out of bed, etc. I've asked them both WHY they get out of bed and the answer is "we miss you, Mama. We just want to be with you." Luke will every once in awhile say he's scared and ask me to pray so he isn't scared, but that's a rare occasion now when he's scared.
Susanna still takes naps. She needs them and will fall asleep on the couch if she doesn't get one. Luke usually doesn't nap, but maybe once or twice a week he'll nap for 45-60 minutes. Naptime generally starts about 1:30, they're usually both downstairs again by 3:30 at the latest. They wake up each morning between 7:30-8:00.