Getting kids to bed is a nightmare.
There is no "sweet dreams" when bedtime comes around.
Suddenly there are books to bed read and notes from school to be signed.
Suddenly they are hungry for a night-night snack. Pop-tarts are toasted and eaten.
Suddenly the kids have deep questions about life to ask. What kind of home does a skunk have? What does a warthog eat? Can I draw a picture of a spaceship tomorrow? What is a Mobius strip? Are germs bacteria? How do you manufacture things to be smooth? Can you tuck me in?
One daughter goes to the bathroom about 6 times before she settles in for the night.
The same daughter will hug the Hubby and myself when we tell her it is bed time. She will return later to ask us a question of sorts. (See one of the questions above.) She hugs us again. She goes to use the bathroom for the first time and comes back to tell us good night. We ask, did you brush your teeth? She goes to brush her teeth. She returns to tell us goodnight and get another hug. If I happen to be wandering the house putting toys (laundry, dishes, etc.) away, she will come and find me for another goodnight hug. As I walk past her room, she will call out goodnight again and blow me a kiss. She gets up to go to the bathroom for the second and third time, each time returning to say goodnight. JUST GO TO BED, ALREADY!
It's not that she is lonely, she shares a room with her 4 year old sister. If she leaves the room too many times, little sister gets tired of waiting for her roommate and comes to find Hubby or myself to hold her.
Then, we hear them walking around for another half hour. What are they doing? My kids walk like elephants and you can hear their every footstep in the house. It doesn't matter where you or they are in the house, you can hear them walking. The 14 year old with size 12 feet is particularly bad about that.
We should send them to bed an hour earlier than their bedtime because it takes them that long.