I say a lot of things to my kids in an effort to keep them on schedule for bedtime.
"You'll be grumpy in the morning if you stay up past your bedtime."
"You won't grow as tall as you should if you don't get enough sleep."
"If I come back upstairs in 5 minutes and find you still in your clothes and without your teeth brushed, I'm going to be really mad!!!"
Sometimes, I'm tired. I'm looking forward to relaxing and rocking my little peanut to sleep....while I catch the latest episode of Castle.
When I have a night like that, THIS has been working really well.
"Kids, in 20 minutes, Mom will be OFF DUTY! If there is anything you need from me, a snack, a cuddle, a paper signed for school, speak now or forever hold your peace....at least until morning."
I'm not sure how this is working. I only know that IT IS. And I love it! Try it with your own monsters, um, I mean blessings, at home.
Warning....they should be at least 4-5 for this to actually work, I think.