It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…if this is true, are we as parents all insane?! What is the first piece of advice people always give you when you’re having some kind of behavioural issue with your kids: be consistent, do the exact same thing every time and eventually you will get different results.
We are more weeks than I care to count into the Boys Sharing A Bedroom and they are absolutely not letting up. In the beginning we had some definite inconsistency as we tried out a few different scenarios (ignoring, disciplining, offering rewards, removing buddies, separate bed times, etc.), but when we realized none of them seemed to make a difference we had to pick one method and stick to our guns. We chose to move their bedtime an hour later and then stick to our guns and leave them in the room together no matter what. The result is 2 hours of me going in there every 15 minutes and putting LoveBug back in his bed, putting the curtain back up, and telling them it’s time to sleep. It’s time to stop the insanity!! A few days ago I decided to start putting LoveBug down in their shared room and put Monkey down in our room, then move him later. As I mentioned in the last post about all this, putting Monkey down in our room has the potential to interfere with BabyGirl’s bedtime…but ya know what, we will cross that bridge when we get to it. For now I have 2 boys getting to sleep much earlier. LoveBug still messes around in there for at least an hour on his own, but that seems to go with the territory for 2.5 year olds. Plus, it’s still an improvement and at least he isn’t keep his big brother up anymore.