it just isn't working. I've DD1 (almost 6) and dd2 (just turned 3). Today we have: had no screen time at all; dinner at just gone 6; bit of running about; upstairs at 7.10, pjs, teeth, stories. Into bed, I tell them a story. So far, so good. But here we are an hour later with them still mucking about - DD2 is the main problem, endlessly calling for us, getting out of bed, asking for food, but no amount of threats/rewards makes any difference. They have to get up at 7 for school/nursery. If you just walk away she cries, keeps her sister from going to sleep or gets out of bed. Putting them to bed later doesn't seem to make any difference. We try to leave the room by 7.45 most nights.
Here is what I want to happen, all of the above, up until the telling a story part. Then I want to kiss them goodnight, and close the door. Why is it taking so long for them to go to sleep - most nights it's close to 9 and I don't think 10 hours sleep is enough for either of them, frankly