Daughter and son sharing bedroom

Maggie - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old daughter has been sleeping in my 2 year old son's room. My question is my son has been a really good sleeper but now that my daughter is sleeping in the same room he has a very hard time going to bed. My daughter really likes sleeping in the same room with him but they are both not getting enough sleep, how do I tell my daughter nicely she needs to start sleeping in her own bedroom without hurting her feelings?

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Anna - posted on 07/14/2009

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I would just tell her she is a big girl and she has to sleep in her own room. Tell her how proud you are of her for helping her ds get to sleep but now it's time to go back to her room. I would just thank her for being mommy's "big helper" so it doesn't hurt her feelings and maybe read them bedtime books together in the same room, then let her help you tuck in your ds and give him a kiss goodnight b/f they part ways for the evening. If there is one thing I have learned it's that my older child loves being helpful.Good Luck with the transition.

Maggie - posted on 07/13/2009

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First of all I really don't think it was very appropriate to be calling me a "pushover" you have no idea what kind of mom I am I try my best everyday and I had one question that I needed a answer to and all I get is that is a silly question. I am sorry but being a mom there are a lot of decisions we need to make everyday and I can't always be the good guy around but I do try. I want to be a great mom and if letting my kids sleep in the same room together makes them happy then I will let them, but when things got to the point where they were not getting enough sleep then I knew I had to change something and all I wanted was some info on how to make everyone happy without hurting anyone's feelings. But all I got was two really hurtful answers pretty much telling me I am not doing a great job well thank you I thought I was but now I have to put my foot down without any help.

Amy - posted on 07/10/2009

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just tell her. its as simple as that. she not gonna like it, but hey, whatta ya gonna do, you cant always get what you want right?? sorry, it just seems like such a silly question. it seems like it should be common sense, unless your a total pushover and you always just give her what she wants. it should be no different than saying no to anything else.......

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This may sound mean and rude and I really am not trying to be... You are the mom and you make the rules. It is not working for either of them so tell your daughter that she has to sleep in her room again and put your foot down about it. You can't let her control you. Moms and dads make the rules and our kids don't have to like them or us all the time, but they must follow the rules. Just like us in life. I don't like to pay my taxes, but I do because I don't want to deal with the consequences. You will hurt your kids feelings more than once in their lives and it is something that we as parents have to learn to deal with and understand that we are doing things to better our children.

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