1. Denial: It can't possibly be bedtime already.
See look how cute and pleasant I am being?!?
See LOOK it's not dark yet!
2. Anger: IT'S NOT BEDTIME!
I HATE YOU!
Usually followed by clenched jaw, wriggling, and refusal to get teeth brushed.
3. Bargaining: "Mama, I love you! I sorry, I not hate you!"
Followed by: another story, the need for the bathroom, a drink,
a stufffie, the right blanket, requests for snuggles.
4. Depression: Sobbing in bed (with a favorite blanket, a stuffie, and a parent).
5. Acceptance: This stage is usually quick and involuntary. The involuntary nature of this stage
means we are doomed to repeat all 5 steps tomorrow night.
Good Luck Parents.