We have a new bit in our bedtime routine with the kids. Teagan goes to sleep within moments of being tucked in- no issue there. Zach likes to get out of bed 3, 4, 10 times and can take an hour or 90 minutes before he finally stops getting out of bed and lays still long enough to go to sleep.
We accidentally happened upon a new method.
We tuck in and as we leave the room, I tell Teagan "You go right to sleep! Love you!" Then I tell Zach- "Remember, you just have to stay in your bed. You have to stay awake!"
He then begs me to let him go to sleep!
It hasn't solved the attempts to extend bedtime- but it has significantly reduced them.
Teagan handed me a sheet of paper from school with information about a new kid salon opening near school and a grand opening special they were running. Teagan asked if we could go. I explained that we get our hair cut by Ms. Lisa (she was the kids' daycare provider until they went off to preschool). Teagan then asked if Ms. Lisa will always cut our hair and I said pretty much- yes. Teagan then asked, "What if she dies? Does Mr. Allen know how to cut hair?"
Death is becoming a word that's more normal in our house and I still find it jarring. The kids play and make their little characters exclaim, "I'm going to kill you!" I find it obvious that the true concept of the finality of death is lost on them when the character voice responds, "I already died so you can't kill me!"