For the last week or so the kids have been crazy wound-up at bedtime. They both get extremely excited when Mike gets home but they’re usually calm by jammies-and-teeth-time. This past week, though…Annie was really excited about school starting and the long weekend, and I think that’s played into it. James just feeds off of Annie’s energy, and then they get each other more and more hyped up and ugh, vicious cycle. After a couple disastrous attempts at bedtime this week, I came up with a new plan: bedtime races.
It’s simple, I just had the kids run from Point A to Point B over…and over…and over. Annie is competitive so she loves it, and James wants to do anything Annie does (with the added bonus of him finding running hilarious, so he laughs during every single race) so he loves it, too.
At first, I just had them run from James’ room to my office. They did that a million times, but after one of the races I made a joke that it was a “photo finish.” Annie wanted to know what that meant, and then she demanded I take pictures “in case there’s another almost-tie.”
The first night of bedtime races, the kids were asleep within five minutes. AMAZING! So of course we continued it, adding in a few props I found.
The checkered flag was fun, although James didn’t really get it…
The finish line tape, however, was a huge hit.
Annie even let James win a few times. “He needs to break the ribbon, too!”
(I had a whistle but I think Rigby would have killed me.)
I think Annie would have run through the finish tape all night if we hadn’t reminded her it was bedtime.
I think I’ve probably created a monster with this racing thing because I don’t see either of them forgetting about it anytime soon. I don’t mind, though. It’s always fun to see the two of them interacting, and I love having the house filled with their giggles. And, most importantly, they fall asleep immediately and stay asleep all night and man, why didn’t I think of this sooner?