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2007 January 13 » Philoxenos

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Late nights with little ones

13th January 2007

Late nights with little ones

We generally stick to a pretty strict bedtime: 6:30 - 7 for the youngest and 7-7:30 for the oldest. We find that by having a good evening routine it makes life a bit easier to deal with and more predictable. But occasionally we find that something comes up that requires us to keep the children awake past their bedtime. Normally we try to combat this by having a later naptime, or perhaps even an extra nap in the case of the youngest. Today we had a party in the evening for my husband’s youngest brother and his wife, who are home for a month from England, where they’ve been living for two years.

I’ve known about this party for weeks and in preparation I kept the kids home yesterday, keeping them as close to their routine as possible. Unfortunately the oldest decided that yesterday she wouldn’t actually sleep during her naptime. She’s slowly growing out of her afternoon nap and this occasionaly happens. No problem, I thought, as long as she sleeps tomorrow. She had a good sleep last night but again today she didn’t actually sleep during naptime. I was prepared for the worst tonight.

Dinner wasn’t actually served until after 7. Fortunately I made sure they had a hearty afternoon tea, about 4pm and there were nibbles available that they ate. Both of the girls ate a good dinner and were remarkably well behaved. It helped that there were lots of adults that were keeping an eye on them and several that were happy to read books and play.

Believe it or not, we just put the kids to bed at 9:45 pm. And remarkably they hadn’t fallen to pieces. I have no idea what tomorrow will be like, but for the time being things are okay. So as much as I subscribe to a routine kind of life with children, I think the occasional late night out is not going to scar them for life. And hopefully it also shows them that mom and dad know how to have a bit of fun, too.

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13th January 2007

Don’t play with that!

In my linen closet, which is at the end of the hallway, I keep a variety of non-linen things. My daughter just came down the hall, waving a cellophane-wrapped maternity pad, thinking it was the latest in musical instruments. I must have got it in some sample pack and being the frugal person that I am I’ve been storing it in the closet until such time that it becomes needed. With little fingers around hopefully it lasts that long!

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