Now before you go off on me, I know this is no mommy blog. But I have this interesting life question that only the wide-ranging audience here may be able to answer.
What is the right way to put kids to bed?*
I have married kids with kids. Yeah, I’m not saying anything else about that. It’s just that, well, I watch the rituals they have evolved to put their kids to bed. I compare them to my own. My procedure was pretty regular with noted exceptions when arriving late after a long drive or something. I just made sure teeth were brushed, sphincter opening done, prayers said, a story or two, then in bed and lights out, door shut. Sure they had their issues with the shut door maybe, but they got over it immediately. The littler ones got some of the same treatment, except the breast feeding ones – which my wife cut off at the year mark more or less. Then, in bed, lights out, etc. Nobody allowed out, except maybe for a bad nightmare, sickness (I’m the puke guy, my wife does poop accidents) or gotta pee (but see above).
My kids are all over the map. One of them has a two or three hour thing of certain special stuff that has to be done. When I babysit however, I do my routine, which works out fine if you don’t mind a few tears for a few minutes. I think some of their kids are playing my kids big time, sometimes. I don’t say anything about it to them, and none of them are blog friendly much, not here anyway, so I doubt this would get back to them. But really my main question is, how do you do it? I mean, is it really that tough? I know there are medical exceptions here and we are dealing with a spectrum of kid personality too. But really? Really?? (Covers head.)
* The thing that drove me to this was Mayim Bialik’s blog post about her routine with acting on Big Bang Theory (where some of my former colleagues appear in their younger incarnations).