DD1 is nearly 7 and a half and has never been good about going to sleep (apart from between about 15 and 20 months).
Anyway, she's 7 and a half now and is still a nightmare at bedtime. Unless she goes to bed very late (around 9) she carries on and on wanting more play time (in bed), more books (she reads to herself), just more.
I know she needs more sleep as if she goes to bed at 9 she's still asleep at 7.30, which doesn't work during school.
Last night she was beside herself, and when DH and I were talking to her she kept saying she hates going to bed, she just hates going to sleep. She's been saying this for months - sleep is "boring" and she hates going to sleep.
It is so frustrating as she has to go to sleep every night - end of story. This is not a fight she will win but she still puts up a fight, every single night.
Has anyone else faced this with a 7 or 8 year old? anyone been able to change this?
She doesn't fear sleep, or her room, or shadows, or nightmares (she rarely has them) - she would just rather play. It is driving me insane as I feel like every night is going to be a battle which is an awful way to end the day as she is such a good kid in nearly every other respect.