Anybody have any advice?

Ok, for the past two weeks, we have been dealing with a restless 4-year-old. She doesn’t want to sleep in her bed. She wakes up and comes into our room constantly and has been waking her brother up with her racket. I know why she is doing it. I understand it. However, I don’t know how to stop it.
You see, even though my husband is home for the most part, up until recently his job required him to be gone…a lot. In fact when we counted all the days he was gone last year, it equaled to over 300 days. We never knew when he would leave or when he would come back to us. Sometimes he would be only two hours away, but for at least a third of the year, he was in North Dakota and Montana. While we are all very thankful he is home, it has been quite an adjustment. When he leaves, only for a day, she cries and is afraid he won’t be back for a while. Then, of course, add the fact I was pretty sick for a few weeks, and it has thrown our whole schedule out the window. Needless to say, it is causing disruption to her sleep… and to all of ours.
I don’t want to let her sleep in our bed. We actually gave into her last night and let her sleep in the playroom which turned out to be a bad idea because she kept her brother awake. So I thought I would throw the question out to my readers: do any of you have any experience with this, and do any of you have any advice?
I thank you all in advance from one very sleep-deprived mommy and daddy!



  1. Jennifer Keeler
    April 4, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Anna did that for a while. I don’t know if this actually worked, or if she just grew out of it…I just calmly got out of bed and put her back in her bed EVERY SINGLE TIME. I didn’t talk to her or engage in any way. I may have smacked a time or two, but that was worthless. She was basically half-asleep. Anyway, she stopped doing it, so maybe she wasn’t getting the attention or hugs or whatever she wanted out of it.

    • bearhaven
      April 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

      We may have to try that. My biggest fear is that she will wake up Bubby or the girls. So maybe I should let them know before I try.

  2. Deena Kershner
    April 4, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I think this is a phase that most kids go through. Both my kids did this, and I would let them sleep on the floor next to our bed, but not in bed with us.

    • bearhaven
      April 4, 2011 at 12:23 am

      That is a good idea. I could dig out Sissy’s sleeping bag just in case!

  3. Heather
    April 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Jayme and Josh will still sleep in our room if we let them. For the longest time they slept on the floor in our room every single night! We finally had to kick them out but Jayme still insists on sleeping with Josh. Maybe they wouldn’t mind sharing a room? Maybe let her camp out on the floor on certain nights of the week or on weekends only?

    • bearhaven
      April 4, 2011 at 4:19 am

      I have thought about that. Bubby is okay with it most of the time, but sometimes he just likes to have his own space. I think the sleeping bag is definitely coming out though!

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