My eldest who is 9 is the type of child who wishes she were an only child. I started spending half an hour of an evening with her one on one so she could get the attention she needed from me while the others were asleep.
It's now turned into a "im not tired" situation where she will keep coming out of her room until 9.30 after I've spent time with her from 7.00. (her bed time was originally 8 which we pushed out til 8.30 so she can watch Masterchef).
I get really antsy with her because I absolutely need my own wind down time and if she keeps hassling me about not being tired it I swear I'm going to scream.
I've told her she needs to read to help her get sleepy and not just read and flip pages, actually read and become engrossed in the book. She loves David walliams books and I bought her a whole box set of which she's read a couple and I know she enjoys them, but it's like she wants to take every last morsel of my attention and I just can't give it to her.
What do I do!? I feel terrible she can't sleep or isn't tired but at the end of the day I really have had enough and just want my kids to be away for a while.
Do I put in some sort of consequence for her coming out of her room after 8.30? Do I let her stay up and just suck it up because I'm an adult? I just don't know what else I can do for her.