Five Minute Friday {Again}

Lisa-Jo Baker and her Five Minute Friday are back for 2013! I am blessed by this project. Join me…

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...


Ready, set, go…

Graham’s bedtime routine is a disaster. It is not his fault. We have never been that consistent, but realize it needs to change. He starts homeschool preschool in the fall. Autumn? I like that word better. So, homeschool preschool commences this autumn…and we realized Graham needed more routine. Ok. Some routine. I made some adorable charts, which I need to put up in his room. We tried several things, which never worked. But, basically, Graham would not (and sometimes, still won’t) fall asleep if you don’t sit next to his bed. Embarrassing. And horribly inconvenient when you are nursing another child. Part power struggle/part Mommy & Daddy’s boy/part sibling of a girl with special needs.

Since pottytraining this week, converting to a big boy room, and stressing that he is a BIG BOY all the live long day, he started falling into our new bedtime routine very well. Surprisingly well. Suspiciously well.

Brush teeth, pee, put on pajamas, put dirty clothes in the hamper, pee, read a book, pray, possibly pee again, & go to sleep.

Graham has even asked us to leave his room, so he can go to bed like a big boy. While he watches his sister’s butterfly nightlight. I am totally fine with that…it is worth the electricity.

After a few years with Graham, we realized we are never going down this path again. Sorry future Ballews, but you will have more routine. While some parents are strict with the first and become more lax, we were the opposite. We chose our battles, but never won the bedtime war. Now, we are victorious. At least for this week…

Time’s up!

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4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday {Again}

  1. Patty Mejia Burke says:

    Routines are so important for children – I learned that while working in preschools and going to college and studying Early Childhood Education. That said, it’s still hard as a parent to decide to do it and stick to it. Hope things work out well for Graham. Being a big boy is lots of work! So is being a mom, but it’s all worth it. My “baby” is almost 14 and we have a nice routine but sometimes he still fiddles around and delays the inevitable “go to bed!” Found you through the “5-Minute Friday” and have enjoyed my visit.




  2. Tanya M. says:

    Oh boy, do I remember those days! Frustrating in the moment, but remembered and cherished later. Enjoy those babies. I loved your post… and now I’ll be singing “I’ve been working on the railroad” on day long.


  3. vidyatiru says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog. I am glad you are victorious – for this week.. and hopefully longer.. It is tough to get them to fall into routines.. and I will take every small victory I get


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