5 reasons why (the bit before) bedtime is the best time of the day

Despite their bad behaviour recently I really, really love my children. I’ve exposed them at their worst, so now it’s time to mention a few of the things that make me deliriously happy and proud to be their mum.

First up is the bit before bedtime. For us it tends to be 6:50pm onwards.

  1. Bath time meltdowns are done. Time to scrub the blood off the walls. My little ones smell fresh and clean and keep rubbing their eyes and yawning. All encouraging signs that point to the ever-elusive eleven-hour stretch. Maybe I will have that glass of vino with dinner after all.
  1. 1-to-1 time. We stagger the kids’ bedtimes for the chance to chat about their school day/concerns/friendship issues without the other one shrieking/lobbing toys/demanding snacks. With multiple offspring you constantly worry about stuff like ‘lack of attention’. It’s gut-wrenching when they’re both bawling their eyes out and you have to choose who to put your arm around first.
  1. Reading together. This is one of the best things about having kids. That, and a legitimate ticket to Disneyland (usually after taking out a second mortgage). We’re big on books in our family as you might have gathered. Emily chose to read Harry Potter for the first time the other night and I squealed with excitement! Florida, here we come…
  1. A sense of accomplishment. I did it! I made it through another whole day of keeping two small humans alive! I deserve a glass of vino just for that.
  1. A promise of things to come (i.e. a few hours of me-time). I love my kids but I’m not some worthy, self-sacrificing weirdo. Living with two small children can be tough. It’s good for us mummies to have a breather. Scrap that – it’s essential.


Twin Mummy and Daddy
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  1. March 3, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I couldn’t agree more! The kids are calm. They’ll sit nicely for a cuddle and listen to a story. I love it! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  2. March 3, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Bedtime is one of our favourite times, and not because we have survived (but that is part of it) but because it involves lots of cuddles, daddy reads the bedtime story and I finish the routine with hush little baby. We do the same every night and it is just lovely. Our friends that come over can’t believe that Reuben will say “it’s bedtime” and off he goes. #thatfridaylinky

    • March 4, 2017 / 8:12 am

      I love the repetition of our bedtime routine and so do my kids (and so does Reuben by the sounds of it!) Thanks so much for commenting x

  3. March 4, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Its almost embarrassing the relief I feel when that door closes! #thatfridaylinky

    • March 4, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Ha! We’ve all had that! Thanks for commenting xx

  4. Nige
    March 4, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    This is spot on I love reading with the girls before bed my favourite moment Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  5. March 6, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    We love reading books together and I’ve discovered a place that sells them for only 10p! #ThatFridayLinky

    • March 6, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Oh wow – that sounds amazing! What a find! Thanks for commenting xx

  6. March 6, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I usually think of this as the worst time in my day, even though we’re on the home straight at this point, its exhausting and sometimes painful. But you’ve helped me see it in a bit of a new light 🙂 Great post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  7. March 7, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Aww I love this. I always put my oldest to bed last and love our 30 mins of just us two #marvmondays

  8. March 8, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Yes to all of these! I love the hour leading up to bedtime! #MarvMondays

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