Sometimes I think my kids might be smarter than me. The one time of day that I always seem to think this is bedtime. We go through good times and bad at getting the kids to sleep. But most of the time it is painfully bad. Getting the kids in p.j's and reading stories is fairly simple, assuming they have clean p.j's and we can all agree to the number of books to read. Once the books are read, and the lights go out, it is a cry fest. Monsters, thirst, needing the potty, tummy aches, hunger and the list goes on, plague our evenings. I've tried altering the hour that we put them to bed, thinking maybe they aren't tired yet, or they are too tired, but still the drama continues night after night. I'm at wits end. I feel like screaming my head off since I just don't know what to do to get them to bed. To make matters worse, my husband has been working many nights during the week, so often I'm the sole bedtime sergeant.
Things I've tried:
"Go to bed without giving me the business, and we'll walk into town for donuts for breakfast in the morning"
Giving the girls a long bath before stories to ensure they are relaxed and in the mood for bed
"You can each pick out 4 stories tonight if you go straight to bed without crying and fussing"
"Mommy is so tired tonight, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE go straight to bed"
"I will spank you both" (I know, it is child abuse to spank, so the threat is just as bad, right?)
I just don't know what to do.