Next issue...dd (4) and ds have taken over our room. I need them out. I need my space where there aren't toys constantly laying around. I want to be able to close my door and not see kids barge in or be at the door crying. Dd is really bad about coming in in the middle of the night and sleeping in the floor. It's not hurting anyone, but at the same time, she has a room and she should be sleeping in it. Same for ds. He's been waking up in the middle of the night wanting to lay with us or one of us lay with him. It's exhausting. I don't get good rest (let alone sleep) and I'm constantly running on little to no energy. Advice?
For your son, keep him up through dinner, then establish a bedtime routine (bath, reading, etc). Make sure you have fully baby proofed his room so he can't get hurt. We then unscrew the lightbulb so even if our 2 year old turns on the light, it is still dark and we put his toys in the closet at night (whereas for his rest time he gets to play with his toys in his room with the light on).
For you r 4 year old, We have a no toys or kid stuff in our room rule. Mom and Dad's room is a sanctuary. No kids allowed! If they have a bad dream or something at night, we comfort them and put them back in their own bed.
March 27, 2013 at 9:23 AMThe best advice I can give you is based on my experience. I had the same problem with my son. I established a bed time routine. ( we ate dinner around 5-6, played for an hour, the bath around eight, (baths soothe him and helped him fall asleep much better) then I put him to bed and red him a book) he will fall asleep shortly after. As far as coming in the room at night to sleep every tine they come out pick them up and put them back in bed. ( I know its a pain in rye ass but it took me three night and the habbit was broken)
I tried alit of things and I know that every child is different so if this doesn't work your more than welcome to message me and ill give you more ideas