Desiree - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My "Spirited" 8 year old daughter won't stay in bed & of course i misplaced my new book "raising your spirited child" before I got to this chapter!!!! Our current routine includes a late walk & then the bedtime routine starts @ 8 pm with jammies, teeth, heat rice bag (comfort thing), this usually takes about a 1/2 hour as she is easily distracted. Then she finds a book (another 15 min) & reads til 9pm. Everything runs smoothly until now! She gets up every 10 - 15 min with all different excuses (bathroom, thirsty, stomach ache, headache, knees hurt, needs to reheat rice bag, I can't sleep) or she is playing with something, turns on her light to read/color & then tries to sneak into her older sisters room ( who gets disturbed & is not willing to let her 8 yr old sis take over her bed). At this time I usually take whatever it is away, turn out the lights again, lead her back to bed all without saying a word. Unfortunately my hubby usually responds to her complaints which then delays her getting back in to bed. By the time she's finally asleep it is 10:30/11 pm, i'm frustrated & tired of this. With 4 kids (1.5 yr - 12 yr) & home business, I REALLY NEED my down time & i'm not getting it!!!! Please, any and all of your suggestions are appreciated.