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  1. Lindsay Wilson

    Just love this!! In particular the line ‘claim my first long breath of the day’, that is our house to a tee when the little ones both crash. We’ve got a boy coming up for 3, who just loves to wander out of his room when you were sure he was gone for the night.

  2. Brenda

    You’ve captured it beautifully. If only we could remember that while we see it as war, they see it as security.

    • Elena

      Beautifully put!

  3. NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner

    This is so sweet. I am not my best self at bedtime either. There are so many times when I want to just loose it at bedtime when they don’t go smoothly. Thanks for the sweet reminder of how precious that time can be!

  4. Sarah M

    Ah, I love this poem. We all know those bedtime battles.

    “pausing at our precise line of compromise —”

    What a great line, and so true!

    Sarah M

  5. Kat

    Ah, I have been in exactly this place before, down to the line of compromise with the door.

  6. Tanya

    I love this! It really does capture every single night here at my home. Why don’t why want any water before they go to bed?

  7. Nicole

    This is a big battle for us right now, too. You so beautifully describe a scene in which I normally fail to see an ounce of beauty. xo

  8. Fiona

    How beautifully put. A scenario I recognize only too well. That security they are longing for versus my need for some peace and quiet. The funny thing is, those days I just lay next to my three year old, give her some extra cuddles and kisses for a few minutes and then leave, are the most peaceful, and I leave feeling a fullness I didn’t have before. Hopefully I can remember that the next time she keeps getting out of bed!

  9. Kris

    Oh it’s lovely. I am a mother of a 3 year old boy. I must say I love what you’ve just written. The lines perfectly speak for every bedtime battle I had with him. Why is water always an excuse? I kind of lose my patience sometimes but my boy simply knew what to do. He’s smile (with twinkling eyes) calms me down. I know I have to cherish those moments because sooner things will change.

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