Tina - posted on 07/11/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )
Hello ladies, I have a four and a half year old daughter who I have tried and tried and tried with and I need some advice. My daughter gets up in the mornings early it does not matter what ime she goes to bed as I have tried letting her stay up later at night. When she gets up in the morning instead of waking me up she rambles through the house and gets things. I have tried getting up in the mornings before she normally rises and laying on the couch in our living room and that does not help because she just goes to another room and gets things. I have tried leaving things that are alright for her to have down over night so that when she gets up in the mornings she can get them and that doesnot help. We have a baby gate and monitor but she has learned how to open the gate and nver makes enough noise that it wakes me. She in the past has gotten into crushed red pepper and there is now a large stain in our living room floor from it. Has gotten into paints and trust me oh boy was that a fun mess to clean. Has gotten into the refridgerator which I do now lock. I am just scared to death that she is going to get something one morning that is truly going to hurt her or make her very sick. I have all of our cleaning supplies put up but she has gotten stuff down out of cabinets in the past. We have had baby powder everywhere, permenant marker is her latest thing which is what I awoke to this morning. I have talked to her about this behavior, I have spanked her, I put her in time out, taken things away etc, etc. If any of yu have any other ideas or have been through the same thing please please HELP.