See…I have been having arguments with my husband over the past 2 years about our daughter’s bedtime. He thinks since she does not have to get up early that she should be able to stay up. My argument is that kids need to go to bed at a decent time because they need more sleep. He does not see the tired fits in the morning, even if she sleeps in til 9am, so he just never got it.
Today he got it…YES he got it!I was very tired and went to bed at 8:30pm last night. I told him that he could get the kids to bed, which should have been right after me.
At 10:00pm I woke up and had to go to the bathroom and he was barely getting them to bed. I was not happy. Of course, he does not think it’s a big deal at all.
Luckily he had the day off today so I was going to let him do half the things I usually do with the kids so he could understand why bedtimes do matter.
My daughter did not get up until after 9:00. She was angry and snotty all morning. It was horrible. She fought, she cried, and was just in a horrible mood. The 30 minute fit is what sealed the deal. My hubby looked at me during this fit and said “don’t even say it!” I said, “oh yes I am going to say it because you always thought I just wanted to argue and had no reason to fight you on bed times.” I then said, “do you think it is a piece of cake for me on the nights you let her stay up? You hear hear in there? That is my life while you are at work. You never believed me before because you NEVER saw the consequences before, cuz you are not here during the day.” He just looked at me and that was the end of that conversation…VICTORY! It may not seem like a victory to some, but it is for me.
This is exactly what the doctor ordered. He did say to me, “well I guess we need to get the kids to bed earlier.” I said, “yes, and not just on the weekdays, they are small, the bedtime needs to be the same all seven days” Maybe now he won’t fight with me on the kids bed times!
Have a good day!