Monday, January 19, 2009

New bedtime routine

Deacon bowing after he won

A couple of my friends have really inspired me to look at how much t.v. I let Deacon watch- I never really viewed t.v. as a problem for us to be honest with you. He doesn't watch too much and most of the time when he's watching t.v. he's more pre-occupied with his toys- so the t.v. is more background noise. Occasionally he'll zone out, which I think is fine on occasion, especially after a long day.

Anyways, lately I've been *really* frustrated with how our bedtime routine has been going... Deacon is insanely wound up, the entire routine takes forever and a lot of time we are reminding him that the choices he's making affect how the rest of the night will turn out. Well, after talking to these friends of mine I started thinking... could t.v. be affecting how Deacon is acting at bedtime?

Well, I don't know the official, long term, answer... but we're sure to find out soon. My new plan of action is that when he gets home from school he can watch t.v. until dinner is on the table ready to eat- after that, no more t.v. Tonight this new plan kind of surprised him... but he was ok with it. We decided to swap t.v. time with family game time tonight and we had a really nice time. We played Dora Candyland and Dora Memory tonight- Deacon won a few times, as did daddy... I didn't win at all.

He definitely seems to have calmed down easier tonight and there were no fights... but he's still stalling and having issues with that. But we'll see where this takes us, it's definitely worth the shot.


Unknown said...

Sounds like a plan! Keep us posted!

T- said...

I love the idea! I hope it makes for an improvement.

Dawn said...

Hmmmm, I'm glad you're giving it a try. I can't talk enough about what a difference this made for us. Keep us posted on how it's working out for you.

Heather said...

Let us know how it goes! Family time,is never a bad thing. I am sure he will just thrive on more time w/you and your dh!