How do I get my 6 year old to sleep through the night?

Cheryl - posted on 10/01/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




Her father and I are divorced. She spends weekends with him. However, when she returns, 2 maybe 3 nights a week she wakes up and will not go back to sleep. She throws a fit if I don't let her turn the tv on and promises to fall asleep or cries to sleep with me. But, very seldom will she go back to sleep. Her father doesn't provide a seperate room or bed for her so she is used to sleeping with him. She has her own room and own bed at home. I just don't know how to help her stay in her room and asleep without both of us going crazy. Any suggests would be greatly appreciated... Thank you.


Katherine - posted on 10/01/2011




She needs consistency. That's what the problem is. If he is letting her sleep in his bed on the weekends it's completely throwing her off.

You need to talk to him, and Theresa is right, she does have to have her own sleeping quarters. If the court found out they would have a huge problem with that.

My 6 year old used to have sleeping problems until I started taking her for walks and making her tired. She goes to bed at 7-8 now. Especially on school nights.

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First, the fact that he doesn't provide a seperate sleeping space for her would have me concerned. My 3.5 year old son CAN sleep w/ his father if he chooses, but my ex HAS to provide a seperate sleeping space for him by court order.

She sounds rather unsettled and I think in this situation I would provide a sleeping bag or something on my bedroom floor for her to see if that helps. I would NOT give in to the fits or the tv thing though. Good luck!


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