Princesses don’t sleep

Louise has gotten into the habit of getting out of bed after we leave the room, either for bedtime or naptime, and changing her clothes. She gets her stool from the bathroom and sets it up in her closet, picking out dresses and skirts to replace whatever she’s wearing – usually pajamas. All in all it’s not bad, but she’s not potty trained overnight yet and she also changes into panties, so we’ve been trying to stop it at nighttime…at least until she doesn’t pee in the bed.

Last night, about 20 minutes after I said goodnight, I tiptoed back in to her room to check on her. She was standing by her dresser, evaluating her panty options, unzipping her pajamas.

“Louise,” I said. “It’s bedtime. Get in bed.”

“I’m not Louise!” she responded. “I’m Cinderella. I’m a princess! And princesses don’t sleep.”

It was at this moment I knew I had her.

“Oh really? I see you have Elsa tucked in your bed. She’s sleeping.” (Louise’s eyes dart to the bed). “And you know Aurora? She’s SLEEPING Beauty. She slept all the time!” (Louise starts to panic). “And you know Cinderella’s song ‘a dream is a wish your heart makes…when you’re FAST ASLEEP?’ Cinderella knows how important sleep is more than anyone!”

At this point Louise knew she’d been had, so she walked to the wall and faced it, refusing to join in the conversation. Then, after I sung the Cinderella song to her (only slightly in a smug tone), she got in bed.

She was asleep less than 10 minutes after.

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