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Over the past few weeks the boys’ bedtime routine has become . . . slightly more complex than it used to be. It was so simple. A couple of books. Scripture reading. A song. Toothbrushing. A prayer. Group hug. Good-nights. But now there is also the drama over who gets to have Mom brush their teeth first; and who gets to ride on Mom’s back as she crawls, on her hands and knees like a dinosaur, to the bedchamber; and then comes the, “Can you lie down with me for just a minute, Mom?” And sing me five more songs? While I duet with you in the silliest voice I can summon from inside my little body? And my brother does headstands on his bed?
It’s made bedtime a little bit more of chore at times. Like when I have a pile of dishes to do and writing to do after that and I’m already so tired I may just fall asleep on their beds. I admit to hoping they’d forget about some of the new traditions they’d come up with. I’d thought of just cutting it off: “Sorry boys, I’m not doing that any more. You need to go to sleep.” And then glorying in my victory.
But the past two nights they haven’t insisted on many of their usual requests.I was surprisingly disappointed to be let out of their room so easily. And I kind of hope that they beg me to stay tonight and sing with them and laugh at their non-sensical stories and jokes.
What are some things you’ve surprised yourself by being disappointed that your child(ren) gave up or grew out of?