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dd has sleep issues!!!!!

i don't know what to do about it anymore. Kenzie's 2 1/2 years old..she's staying up until all hours of the night..literally...on any night, it's pretty common anymore to see her awake at midnight and 1 in the morning. to make matters worse, she doesn't nap during the day, and she's back up at 8 in the morning. she plays and runs and anything/everything a kid does during the day, and it's a fight to try and get her to lay down at 10,..yes, we have a nightly routine and have had it for as long as i can remember. the past couple of nights she's been running through the upstairs slamming doors late at night. my dh has to get up for work early, and his administrator (who's staying with us for the time being) has a bedroom right next to our dd's. so it's keeping both of them awake, and it's really making dh mad. i'm exhausted by the end of the day, and dread getting up in the morning because it seems that no matter what we try nothing is working (we're dealing with issues on getting her back in her own bed too) to get her to sleep earlier than extremely late hours. anyone else dealt with this? what do i do to get her to sleep earlier?

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mom_to_kenzie

Asked by mom_to_kenzie at 3:16 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Talk to her doctor about using melatonin.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 3:18 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • talk to her doctor about some options. And I would also pick your battle, meaning- start bedtime thing first then once she has gotten that down then move her to her own bed...
    MommyBulger

    Answer by MommyBulger at 3:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • You can't force her to go to sleep, but you can force her to stay in her bed. She's just gotten used to doing as she pleases, and she likes the power that gives her. This is one of the primary reasons I believe so strongly in spanking. Every little child tests the boundaries his parents have set for him. That's where discipline comes into play. When the boundaries are broken, discipline must follow. If there are no boundaries set, then the child is free to do whatever she pleases. If the boundaries are set but never enforced, the results are the same as if there were none. You must decide what you will tolerate for the peace of your household and those who live in it. And then you must discipline for those things that do not meet your standards. Otherwise, you are going to live in torment for about the next 18 years, and your child will have zero respect for you as a bonus.
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 3:22 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

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