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Bedtime is a nightmare for Aisling O’Loughlin As She Deals With Three Boys

Bedtime can be difficult for most parents but for Aisling O’Loughlin is can be a nightmare as she deals with her three boys.

One night was particularly hairy as she dealt with a rather unfortunate painting incident late in the evening.

RSVP Magazine/Aisling O'Loughlin

RSVP Magazine/Aisling O’Loughlin

Why are my kids never tired? Quite frankly, bedtime is a nightmare. I’ve heeded all the advice. I try everything. The bedtime ritual; a bath, wind-down no technology zone, no sugar, a story in their room, separating them so they can fall asleep in peace. It takes forever.

By the time it gets to Me-Time, I’m pooped, done for, only fit for the bed myself and inevitably, a little munchkin ends up hopping in in the middle of the night to ensure a restless and broken night’s kip. Sorry Super Nanny, by that stage, I’m so wiped out, there’s no hope of planting him back in his own bed. That is one thing so many of these parenting experts don’t factor in or give credence to, the level of exhaustion of the parent. Self preservation has to kick in at some stage, even if you’re not adhering to best practice of The Parenting Manual.

Aisling O'Loughlin/RSVP Magazine

Aisling O’Loughlin/RSVP Magazine

Last night I was lulled into a false sense of security when I imagined all the bandits were down. It was perfect bliss for around an hour, until Louis turned up at the sitting room door covered in white. I’d been painting the spare room and had left the paint out as I wanted to go at it again. He lead me into the room to show me his handiwork. Paint everywhere.

By the time I’d washed him, changed him, gave him a stern warning and put him back to bed, the rest of the night was spent scrubbing paint off the floor. So clearly they’re just not tired enough for bedtime. My next step is to get them out playing and running around more.

We love her honesty.

Read the rest of Aisling’s Mother of all Baby columns in this month’s issue of RSVP Magazine- on shelves now

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