My 5 yr. old goes to bed, but either stays up in her room and plays. ???

Misty - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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No matter what time we put my daughter to bed (on time or late) she will stay up in her room reading (how can we yell about that?) or playing, or she will get out of bed to potty, ask silly questions, get drinks and so forth. How do we make this stop? On going for about a year, and it getting worse!

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Vanessa - posted on 08/06/2009

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I like the "wake up really early" thing, but I try to get extra hours of sleep where I can find them. I had/have this problem with my daughter (6). When I catch her playing with toys at nap time or bed time I put her favorite toys on time out for the next day. I found this as effective as putting her in time out.

As for reading, don't punish the act.. have to be careful with this one. I usually threaten her with no night-light, or make her come into my room and make a pallet... she hates this, because it is dark and awkward for her.

Annisha - posted on 08/05/2009

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I have three boys 10, 8, and 5 and they all sleep in the same room. I used to have the same problem but then we started making them get up really early basically for a punishment and then that night they were be really tired and ready to go to sleep at bedtime after about 4 months they just quit trying to stay up.

Deanna - posted on 08/05/2009

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Try turning the light off and taking the book off her after she reads one book at night. Kids love routine. Continue to refuse drinks other than a sip of water at night once placed into bed.



You can always talk to a maternity nurse if you are conserned they are at your local maternity centres in Australia.

Melissa - posted on 08/05/2009

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I was a little bookworm at this age too, and my parents allowed me to read in bed, by lamp. I would inevitably fall asleep reading (and still do, to this day!). Keep the big light off, limit to ONE glass of water and ONE potty trip unless it's an emergency. If you make her feel like she's getting away with something but still set your boundaries, it won't be such a battle every night. (Plus, it's summer right now, so you can work it out while it's not affecting school!)

Jennifer - posted on 08/05/2009

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It gets to a point where you have to discipline for it IMO. She keeps doing it b/c obviously she can. We let our boys do so much and then it's done, they have to stay in their room and be quiet. I don't necessarily care if they talk, as long as they can function the next day, but they can't be loud and the light must be off. Our boys are 6 and 4.5 and share a room. I try to make sure they go potty before bed so I know they don't have to go, we get water etc and then it's bedtime. They have to get up at 6:45 during the school year so they need their sleep.

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