Bedtime is the pits at our house.
We are feeling pretty defeated by our child.
We try to keep a routine and get him to bed around 8pm every night. On average it takes 90 minutes for Liam to actually go to sleep somewhere.
We start in his bed... then he decides to lay on his floor... then he decides he NEEDS Daddy's side of the bed, then Mom's side, then, then, then, then... and sometimes he ends up on our bedroom floor.
The foot is down the first hour, then we start to not care and get frustrated and finally say,
"SLEEP SOMEWHERE! Just close your eyes and do it anywhere you choose! Just sleep!"
THEN... between the hours of midnight and 3am he wakes us up by, 1) trying to come sleep with us or, 2) needs comfort as he whines and throws fits from his own bed.
Sometimes we are so exhausted that one of us will give up our spot on the king size bed for Liam and go sleep in HIS bed!
It's absolutely ridiculous! (Though we know a lot of this is typical toddler stuff, it's still about to drive us insane.)
One thing I suggested to Ian was shutting the whole house down at 8pm and going to bed at the same time... then Liam would know he wasn't missing our after hours party. (Yeah, that probably won't be happening.)
Today I read this article. Ian is going to go pick up an egg timer and we are going to try some different methods tonight.
We know we are not alone. Some of you may have 2 or more kids that have done this to you. Please comment and give us as much advice you can think of. We may have tried it before, but any input is appreciated. We'd like to get out of the bribery. Our child is very spoiled with the constant bribes. We've got to break that cycle and fast. Thanks in advance for your help!
P.S. Shutting his door is not an option... he's been scared crazy of his door being shut since about May. We have to accommodate that fear for now.