One mom says if her kid doesn't go to sleep by 8 PM she goes from good mommy to scary mommy.
Homeschool Mom: I have an adorable 5-year-old that just makes us all laugh with her delightful, cheeky little charm. She spends most of her day engaging with her older brother and sister and myself, so she is used to being admired and loved and played with and indulged. All day long it is like a sappy Hallmark Movie; just love and kisses and fun and games.We take fun field trips, I teach her to read and about the world. We bake cookies and ride bikes to do errands. I'm teaching her to Roller Blade. I must say I am a pretty fun mom as far as moms go. But then, this terrible thing happens at 8:00 PM. We have had the bath, read the stories, she is all tucked into her clean little bed with her favorite blankey and stuffed friends and our Hallmark day should end with kisses and prayers and "I'll see you in the morning," but instead I change from June Cleaver to Homicidal Mom with a meat cleaver, because she doesn't stinking go to sleep.
I say calmly and firmly, "That's all, it is time for sleep."And she says, "Can I tell you one more thing?" And then proceeds to tell me a thousand things and also that she cannot sleep. "Well I sure as heck can, kid and I am done with you today, so that's it."
And she says, "Can I talk to Dad?" The child wakes up every night. I have resorted to having a sleeping bag by our bed so I don't have to escort her back to bed or negotiate with her. She is the worse sleeper in the world and sadly enough I am the best. I love to go to bed. I love to read or write or whatever right there in my clean sheets and cozy comforter.
So I ask you fellow moms: I have bribed, (I promised to buy her pony for the day.) I have punished, I have yelled, and I have begged. I have done everything I can think of to make this child go to bed and stay there. Aside from manacles and duct tape, which I'm pretty sure is illegal, even when desperately provoked, what do I do?
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