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my boys dont like their room ..

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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 ok i have a ten yr old and a five yr old,  they are both boys. i have tryed everything i can think of to make them sleep in thire room. they sleep now in the living room  even though they have new beds. how dcan i make them want to sleep in their own bed ?  my ten yr old is scared of the darkl. i have put the starts that glow in the dark on the wll a night  lilght nothing helps.  im on a low budget, i want them to feel like this is my room and i love it . please help.


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by on Sep. 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Set and Keep a bedtime, read them a story, set a calm yelling,etc. Reassure them that you are right in the next room. Under no circumstances do you give in and let them sleep in the living room. It is not a will be very challenging, but you need to be firm..If you keep giving in, it will become a terrible habit to break and they will find other things to control also. It will be hard, but you are the adult.

by New Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

If all your efforts have failed, then don't worry where they choose to sleep. I would rather know that they feel safe where they lay their heads down than feel fear and not sleep well.

by Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Is his reason for not wanting to sleep in there because its dark? If so, get a lamp at a thrift store or leave a closet light on or heck even leave the big light on. My lexy sleeps with her closet light and night light on..
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by Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Have you asked them what they don't like about it?
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by New Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I am right there with you... both my kids sleep in the living room.. one on the recliner and one on the couch with the dog. mine are almost 6 and 3.5. I say choose your battles... yes it is a pain because me and hubby can't watch the big tv in the living room, BUT like another mom said it is where they feel safe and are comfortable. IF I force them to their beds, we are ALL up through the night, not worth it since I have to work too. I would rather them sleep comfortable and all night long.

With that said, my 5 yr old boy says he is scared and my girl just sleeps wherever he does. I have 2 night lights and a lamp I put a towel over in their room (they sleep in the same room... and still no. On the couch the hall bathroom light stays on. I have tried everything too. Peaceful good nights, it will be ok , etc. I have switched out their beds 3x literally from 2 separate to stacked bunks to now a bed with a trundle to be next to each other. I have bought countless different sheets (cotton, flannel, even an imitation silk), have had quilts made for them with their favorite characters. I have finally given up. I will choose this battle later and would rather sleep peacefully right now too.

by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

maybe ask them why they don't like it and then maybe make half what the oldest likes and the other half what the youngest likes and put a divider in the middle? hope this helps

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