One of the things we did to get Annie to go to sleep at a set time was to create a bedtime routine that we repeat every night. It worked great (except for the occasional hiccup) and Annie now loves her bedtime routine so much that we often find her pretending to put her dolls to bed!
Last night Heather started to doze on the couch, so I asked Annie if she wanted to put Mama to bed. Annie was very excited at this prospect, and proceeded to go through many key portions of our bedtime routine including tucking Heather in with her dolls, singing her “Goodnight” by The Beatles, and giving her a night-night kiss!
Now if only someone would put me to bed!