The house is dark and quiet. Yawns are endless. Pajamas are on. Teeth are brushed. And then, yeah, you know what’s next.
The… “Mommy, can I sleep with you?”
The… “But there’s a monster in my room!”
The… “I’m scared, don’t make me sleep in there!”
The sleeping-in-your-own-room battle kicks in full blast!
And it’s not because there’s a real monster. No, of course not. They know that. But their animated imagination won’t shut off, and it seems to only amplify at bedtime.
And if you’re anything like me, you only make the situation worse by hiding behind doors, shower curtains, closets, and pretty much anything you can fit in, jumping out at the perfect time, and scaring the bejesus out of them! Hahaha! (Wait… is that wrong?)
I should probably turn it down a notch… Nah! Where’s the fun in that?
Either way, they’d choose your bed time and time again over their own. And you know how that goes. After all the “I love yous” and the endless night cuddles right before they fall fast asleep, you know what comes next.
The sleep-kicking! The eye gouging! The head-butting! The forehead slapping! The elbow-to-rib! The knee-to-stomach! The chokeslam! (Okay, that last one might have been a little far-fetched). It’s a full force wrestling match in there!
Your body clenches for dear life at the far edge of the bed, and if you dare to make one teeny tiny move, a sneeze, a cough, a fart, ANYTHING, you’re sent overboard like a frolicking fish on the deck!
Yep. They’d choose your bed time and time again over their own if the decision was theirs.
Unless of course, they’re having a sleepover. Then and only then, would they be okay sleeping in their own room. Somehow, sleepovers cancel out any monsters, and falling asleep is easy as pie. And pie sure sounds good to me!
So… for the love of God, have more sleepovers! Your kids will appreciate it. YOU will appreciate it. Your husband will definitely appreciate it!
Or, get ready for your next wrestling match.
The choice is yours!