For BTDT, toddler twin bedtime issues
Hello all!! I don't get on here much these days as I'm super busy with my kiddos. But, we desperately need some help here.
The issue we are having is with our 2 1/2 y/o twins. Every night we go through the same horrible cycle: we get them up to bed, give kisses and hugs and then as soon as the lights are out and the door is shut, those two start going crazy in their room. Jumping on the bed, screaming, laughing, talking, pulling all the blankets and sheets off the bed, basically just going totally bonkers up there. So myself or Mike will walk up there, reprimand them, put the beds back together and tell them that its time for bed, etc and the process starts all over again. This will go on sometimes for two hours. I have a school aged daughter that needs her sleep, and we also have our second set of twins, the two baby girls in the bedroom next to them, and I'm afraid if they keep this habit up they will start waking the babies.....and that just isn't going to fly. We try our best to not spank, but sometimes that's the only way to get them to stop. We don't like doing it, but we also need them to listen for the sake of the other children and our sanity.
Do any of you have ideas on how we might deal with this in a better way? I shudder to think what its going to be like for us in another year or so when the girls are a little older and are influenced by the older ones. So I would really like to get this situation under control. TIA!