schedule trouble

Brittany - posted on 02/18/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have 2 kids, ages 7 years (boy) & 7 months (girl). I've struggled a lot lately with my son dealing with behavioral issues and ADHD diagnosis. I feel like I haven't been able to get my daughter on a schedule because I constantly have to drag her all over the place and I don't get much help at home. She also has being refusing to dlrto at night. I've had a very difficult time adjusting to two kids and I'm doing the best I can but I still feel like I'm doing something wrong. Does anyone have any schedule & sleep suggestions?

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Brittany - posted on 02/18/2016

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He is still going through trials of meds which actually make it worse. He's been in a behavioral program for the past 2 months and is finished next week due to insurance coverage ending but he is still having some troubles (thankfully not as bad). I have tried to form my daughters schedule around her brothers for morning & night and she does pretty well, however, I've had a difficult time getting her on a routine schedule during the day because I've rarely been able to stay home to work with her always having to run around to different Drs for my son. Night time is also challenging trying to get both kids ready for bed and making sure they both get the attention they need. Lately my daughter has decided sleep is for the week and keeps waking up to play at 3am!!

Brittany - posted on 02/18/2016

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Unfortunately not really. My mom helps occasionally but she doesn't live close.

Ev - posted on 02/18/2016

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Brittany--I had my kids nearly 7 years apart. I was lost when my ex husband who was still with me back then and my daughter returned to their normal routines of work and school (my daughter had been out of school for Christmas break and then had a couple weeks of snow days after that when her brother was born). I had to learn to adjust to having a baby again. It was not easy at first because I as so lost. In time I learned to get him on a schedule with his sister's so I could get her around for school and to go do other things. He was an easy going child and I could put him in almost any situation that I needed to handle during the day. It takes time and patience. Also having a child with ADHD and behavior issues, that makes it more complicated. Try to get your son to help by getting things for school ready the night before along with Sarah E.'s ideas for the baby. Is your son on medication for his ADHD? Is it helping any if he is?

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2016

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Start with small things, get her up at the same time every day and follow a regular bedtime routine. An overtired baby will sleep poorly at night, so try to schedule appointments around her nap time. Do you have anyone you can ask for some help?

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