My Children act like going to bed is punishment, even when they clearly need a nap!
My son believes that bedtime should be on his time. He loves to sleep, but only when he feels like it. I've found my son up late at night pulling all the toys out of the box.
My daughter will cry and pout about the betrayal of being sent to bed, and then she will whimper "No, no night night." She truly is an act to see she can go from heartbroken to happy within seconds. She can get a little dramatic when it's time for bed, but most days she doesn't last ten minutes before she's sleepy. Sometimes, they both like to switch up and not even sleep in their beds. Some mornings I wake up and find them in their closet, toy box, or living room floor. No point in me tucking these two in they more than likely won't sleep there.. Sometimes I wish we could all go stretch out on the couch, and just fall asleep watching a movie or two , but they'll thank me one day.
I loathe with all my heart putting them to bed, but once my babies are sleeping, it's pretty great! Once they're ready for bed I tell them that I love them, and even if they're mad and don't want to go to bed they still tell me they love me in return. It's different if my kids are out or have gone visiting a relative. There's nothing more comforting than having them in bed (or wherever they decide to sleep) safe at night.
Then the house goes silent.
There are no background noises to disturb you, just what you're doing.
And then... Peace of mind kicks in. = )