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Bedtime a Battle?

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Bedtime a Battle?

Is bedtime a battle with your little one or your not-so-little ones? Is it an all-night affair that leaves you exhausted and them still awake or is it a fairly routine exercise? I read an article about how a 10-year-old boy called the police on his mother because he didn't want to go to bed. This is one kid with follow-through! The mother did her best to turn the incident into a lesson about when it's appropriate to call 911, but I was more intrigued by the fact that he felt like his mother telling him to go to bed was some form of abuse. I mean, really?! I remember wanting to stay up late when I was a kid, and the moaning and groaning would begin once my mom told us to go to bed. But we never put up much of a fight because we knew that bedtime wasn't really negotiable. With my toddler now, she sometimes puts up a fuss when I say it's bedtime, but it rarely lasts. We brush her teeth, change into PJs, read a couple of stories, have some cuddles and she's usually in bed, if not asleep, in 30 minutes. She is also still in her crib, and I am in no rush to move her into her toddler bed because I think having the freedom to get out of bed on her own at this point would result in chaos. So what about you? Do you have a smooth bedtime routine or would this boy's antics be run-of-the-mill in your home?  
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