The crime of manipulation is alive and well in our household, and frequently is displayed in the antics of three two-year-olds who never seem to want to go to bed:
Offender #1: Liliana May
Tactics: Saying every cute thing she can possibly think of to distract you. For example, “Mommy, I singin’! La la la la laaaaaaaa” “Mommy, I dancin’!” (Followed by some heinous but cute dance moves, and a collapse into laughter). Then a little “Mommy, I princess!” Last but not least, as she sees her methods are failing, it’s “Mommy, I poopin’!” Which she never actually is.
Offender #2 Cameron Daniel
Tactics: Suddenly developing an overwhelming need for water, milk, and a new diaper (hmmm). “Mommy, miiiiiiiilk!” “Water… pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!” (insert cheesy grin). And then it’s “New diaper, new diaper!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeease!”
Offender #3: Benjamin Daniel
Tactics: Repeatedly requesting more books, more kisses, and more high fives. I usually read a few stories to the kids, then “snuggle” them all, which entails placing their stuffed animals next to them, covering them with the little baby blankets, and then covering everyone with their quilts that Gram made. Ben has a special need, of having his feet completely tucked in on all sides. Ben needs to be snuggled a few times, as his feet seem to keep getting untucked. Then, I give him a kiss through his cribtent. Then, he requests a “five”. Then I say “goodnight”, then he requests “one more kiss, Mommy”. Then I give him a kiss. Then he requests another “five. And so on. Until it’s starting to get a little ridiculous, and I realize its been 15 minutes of fives and kisses:)
Their attempts at delaying bedtime, I have to say, are pretty effective. But just look at these faces- I really don’t mind spending an extra few minutes every day putting them to bed.. would you?