Right now we are having some adjustments to bedtimes. Up until now, I was VERY fortunate to have all 3 of my kids go up to bed at the same time. I slowly began toward mid-spring last school year extend my oldest’s by 30 minutes. However she still went up to her room at the same time as the other two but was able to be on her iPad for 30 minutes. So it really wasn’t that much change for me. I still had my time. But now I am faced once again with adjusting bedtimes and this time I don’t think I will be so fortunate.
It is a 3 shift process and a process that leaves me on edge because as a single parent, I am D-O-N-E before they are ready for bed! I simply long for me time which includes my brainless shows, a glass of wine (or 2), my iPad, and a cozy blanket. Up until now it was all working so well. EVERYONE was retired to their beds by 8pm~ again I know how fortunate I was. But now, it isn’t until 9:00-9:30 pm when I have my much-needed me time. Is it bad that I am longing for the days when they all went to bed at the same time?!??
I do take advantage of this time. They don’t want to go to bed so they will spill every last detail of their day to me when I take them up to bed. So this is definitely the plus side. But they are definitely benefiting from this. They gain extra time and I seem to be losing my time because by the time they are all snuggled in, I look at the clock and pretty much am ready for bed myself. I keep reminding myself that these days are limited and I need to take advantage of every minute. Before I know it, this too will pass and I will be faced with yet another great debate.