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Any ideas on how to not read 10 plus books at bed time, I love that my son is a book worm but reading 45 minuets before bed after doing all the other night time routine stuff is a little much for me.

  • Becky
    Sep 14, 2017

    We have a very set routine! Same bedtime every night. We head upstairs at 730. PJs, brush teeth & potty. We have until 8pm. So we read with whatever time is left. I give warnings of # minutes left (he gets distracted & off track easliy), & tuck him in @8. My son is almost 8. We have done this since he was 3. He knows what to expect & therefore doesn't argue.

  • Monique
    Sep 14, 2017

    My son is 2 and loves books. At bedtime we have a 2 book rule and that's it because it was getting to be too much. The first couple nights he was sad and cried and kept shoving another book in my face but I held firm and now he knows the routine nd even says now two books and holds up his two fingers when it's time to read.

  • Amy
    Sep 14, 2017

    We do a set number of books, 2 or depending on their length.

  • Lorrie Mae
    Sep 14, 2017

    We also do a set number of books at bedtime. Maybe tell him that you can only have x amount of books and have him pick them out. If he tries to pick more then tell him he has to give one up.

  • Nikola
    Sep 15, 2017

    I do one book and give him appropriate choices - not too long, not to short. Mine is only 1.5 so it is still easy to control his environment. I like the idea of time restrictions (30 min in total) once he gets a little older and understands the concept.

  • Nate Schmitz
    Sep 15, 2017

    Try an alarm...like an egg timer.

  • Winnie User
    Sep 15, 2017

    Give him a choice of 2 books out of 5

  • Anonymous
    Sep 15, 2017

    We keep the books upstairs, and bedrooms are downstairs. I have each kid pick a book before we go down for our bedtime routine. When those two books are done, it's pretty obvious we aren't going to climb back upstairs for a pile of additional books.

  • Kristi
    Sep 17, 2017

    Put aside the extra books he is asking you to read and promise to read them the next day. Make time for the other books when it's not bedtime. My daughter loves to read too. 😀

  • Al
    Sep 17, 2017

    You didn't mention his age and how long you've been doing this. I always read to my children until they started reading by themselves at around 10yrs old. My son went through a similar situation but it only lasted a couple of months. It may be a stage, try what others have suggested and do research online. I just stuck with it because I saw it as personal bonding time and figured it wasn't going to last forever. It didn't.

  • Heather
    Sep 17, 2017

    Sorry he will be 2 yeah some stuff people have said won't work or i have tried already but I really don't know what to do other than trying to catch him off gaurd and sneak out.

  • Amy
    Sep 17, 2017

    Heather do you have anything in his room that plays music for a while? That's what helped with my oldest. She has a Leapfrog puppy that plays music for up to 15 minutes, and she can turn it back on. That is what helped her with the transition between reading, we do hugs and kisses, then puppy goes on when I go out.

  • Heather
    Sep 24, 2017

    Update:we changed nap time so he is a wake more before bed and now do 5 books and always end on the same book then do snuggle time and music instead of me trying to slip out of the room, its going great so far so i think all the little changes are helping, thanks everyone:)

  • Linda
    Oct 04, 2017

    Visible timer

  • Arvind
    Nov 14, 2017

    We let our kid read, trying to spell first. And slowly words. We also used Spotify, playlists from where he could listen to stories. There are quite a few playlists for that.