Bedtime Battles


Bedtime is a battleground for many. And getting the kids in the bed is only the beginning. After swapping stories with friends and family about our ongoing wars of the sleepless, I wrote this tongue-in-cheek poem — helps keep things in perspective. (It doesn’t have a title yet; feel free to send me your suggestions.)

Fidgety fingers
And squirming feet;
Unquenchable thirst
And untimely curiosity —

Whining and wandering
And crying and scheming —
Oh! the clever scheming
Of children dodging dreams!

But in the scarcity of light,
Imagination, piqued and primed,
Turns on tired little minds.

Hiding from monsters
Skulking in dark places;
Jumping at noises
Playing in hollow spaces.

We choose to soothe and pacify
With songs and nursery rhymes
Of threatening things,
Of mamed mice,
Tarnished toys,
And babies falling
From broken trees . . .

Moments from madness,
We flood them with night lights
And promises of daylight,
Bury them under stuffed talismans
And plant that 66th goodnight kiss.

Stillness. . . .
We dare to initiate the exit strategy,
When the tormented tormentors request
One last story.

“The moon is full. I’m running out of time.
If you don’t go to sleep this instant,
You’ll have your own dark nursery rhyme.”

Sweet dreams!

What about you? Do you have any tips for getting the kiddos into bed and onto the dream train without the nighttime drama? Let me know, and I’ll feature them in a follow-up post!

Thank you for being tuned in parents! Your comments, suggestions, tips, and participation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are most welcome.

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children’s book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and “make it workology,” she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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