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Old 07-02-2012, 08:01 PM   #11
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DS came out here and asked who is going to sing to him . I told him he and sister can sing to each other...that didn't work. He got a song from the couch. Back to normal tomorrow! I do enjoy those bedtime moments, but oh how I just want to do nothing at that time of day, or I'm trying to get the baby down.

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #12
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DS is 5.5, and nowhere near being ready to put himself to bed. We help him shower every night (he needs guidance to make sure his hair is rinsed), assist with tooth brushing, read a book or a chapter from a longer book, and sing to him. I will be sad when he no longer wants a book and songs, though I can see him becoming more independent with showing and toothbrushing over the next year or two.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #13
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Re: What age do you stop putting the kids to bed?

my oldest is only 4.5, so we still do bedtime with all of them. DS2 and DS3 are a breeze. They don't need much besides a kiss and hug. DS1 gets a story, a song and a prayer, unless he's gotten in trouble at bedtime...then it's just the prayer and a hug and kiss.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #14
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Until they tell me they dont want me to. They are 7 and 5 and I honestly dont see that happening any time soon.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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Re: What age do you stop putting the kids to bed?

My oldest is 9 and she still asks to get tucked in everynight.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
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Re: What age do you stop putting the kids to bed?

My kiddos are 5,4, and 18 months, and we read stories if it is not too late, and sing songs before bed. I still help the older ones with teeth because they have a hard time getting the toothpaste on the brush without making a huge mess. Of course I do the little one too And then I kiss them goodnight, turn on music, ect. My husband does the bedtime routine a lot of the time, so I don't have to do it every night. I will probably continue it as long as they want!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:53 PM   #17
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Henry is 5.5. I put him in the tub and help him wash his hair. I remind him which body parts to wash and leave him to his own devices. He gets out, gets dressed for bed and brushes his teeth.

We read together every night, and then he is allowed to read in bed for up to an hour, though he usually passes out before then.

I think it will be a long, long time before we stop our bedtime reading. I hope so, anyway.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:06 PM   #18
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Re: What age do you stop putting the kids to bed?

DD1 is 8 1/2 and we still tuck her in every night. I always tuck all 4 in every single night right when they go to bed. There was one night when I was really tired and just had dh go up there. I felt so "weird" that I went up there anyhow.

We have never done the song or book thing as a bedtime routine. When they were really little I would sing to them and occasionally we will read a book before bed, but it isn't a set routine.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #19
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My three boys are 4.5, & 15 months.
I still do it all, books songs teeth, bath ect. the oldest does put himself to bed when he won't eat like tonight. He also gets himself into pj's.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #20
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Re: What age do you stop putting the kids to bed?

I plan on stopping when they move out.

No, really...I will do it until they absolutely refuse to have me do it anymore. But even when the day comes when I don't tuck in and read stories and all those things, I will still make it a point to give kisses and hugs to whatever extent the kids are comfortable with. I think it will always be important to say goodnight and show my kids I love them before bed.
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