Saturday, September 27, 2008


I have a problem.

My two oldest daughters like each other too much.

Throughout the course of the day, this is something for which I'm incredibly grateful. They get along (most of the time) and play together quite nicely. After homework is done, they will disappear into their bedroom and happily play Barbies for hours on end. Probably, if it weren't for basic human needs like food and water, they'd never come out again.

They haven't always played together so beautifully. It's finally at a point where they have similar interests, and Chloe is old enough not to really annoy Bria. (Unlike Sophia, who gets locked out of their bedroom on a regular basis.) Seems to me this happened sometime this last spring, where they became inseperable.

It's downright wonderful. Makes a mommy's heart sing.

Until bedtime.

And that's when I wish they didn't like to talk to each other so darn much. Bria used to not be able to stay awake much past 8:00, she is such a morning person. But, all that has changed this year. Chloe is converting her to her night owl ways, and they are both in there whispering and giggling and telling secrets for several hours after lights out.

I finally had enough the other night.

I went in there and I told them that because I had had to tell them to go to sleep several times an hour for nearly three hours (it was about 10:30 by now), that they would have to get up at 6:00 am sharp and do ten jobs each before they could eat breakfast.

And I followed through the next morning, except only at 6:30, because it wasn't an early day for Joel and I didn't wake up in time. Oh well, I doubt they noticed. It was still dark outside and way earlier than they wanted to wake up.

Hopefully it did the trick. Thursday night they were only awake and gabbing till 9:00, and were both up and ready for breakfast a little earlier yesterday morning.

I just hope it lasts. I really don't want to have to take away their Friday movie nights.

And I really don't want to have to haul myself out of bed at 6:00 every morning, either.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I can appreciate everything you said on this post. Luckily, my kids only stayed up until 9:00 last night. But they woke up at 6:10 this morning (a Saturday!) ready for the day. I'm whining right now, but there WILL be a quiet/nap time today.

  2. My husband and I were talking about babies last night, and I said that I really value my sleep right now. I got up at 7:50 this morning, to meet a friend, but it's not by choice. I really need to do some more preparation for parenthood.

  3. I can 2nd everything you said! My oldest two are inseparable. I think Emie's first full sentence was, "LET ME IN!" She is constantly locked out. I had to separate them this year. My oldest goes to sleep rather early and Sloane stays up ALL night. Since Micah has school everyday and it starts earlier, I gave her, her own room. I moved Emie in with Sloane. The other day Sloane said, "I want to share a room again with my REAL sister!" Sheesh! I tell Emie sometimes I wish we would have had a friend for her too!

  4. We have talked about separating them, but haven't acted on it yet. I will have to see how it goes. Neither of them is too thrilled about sharing with Sophie, though. :)

  5. I'm often thinking about what my "threats" will mean for me. I don't want to end up punished for her bad behavior. It's not fair! :)

  6. Ahh wasn't it great when life just consisted of playing Barbies and giggling...good times! I hope the girls can remain friends as they get older, it will make things MUCH easier for you! YAY! :)

  7. It reminds me of my sister and I! I have great memories of staying up late giggling, so I can empathize with your girls:)

  8. My oldest boys are the same way and I have the same problem at night. You are way nicer than me. I just walk in and turn off their quiet music. If that doesn't do the trick, then I start taking priviledges away. Just tonight Jaxon lost 2 days of Xbox. And this isn't after 3 starts on the first warning.

  9. Oh goodness, well a mixed blessing but on the whole a good one!!!

    I used to threaten with "every minute I hear noise is a minute earlier I'm waking you up in the morning!" That usually did the trick to get them quiet at least.

  10. Kudos to you for following through! And although their late nights are an issue, I love reading about how they play together and their closeness--reminds me of me and my sisters.