Restraining kids to their beds isn’t an option is it? I need advice on how to keep my 4 year old from leaving her bed at night that also allows me to achieve a sane number of sleeping hours. I told her that she could no longer sleep in her older sisters bed. I want her to start sleeping in her own bed each night. I spent an entire weekend painting and remodeling her room for her, I bought a bed, dresser, and a nightstand with a small tv. The kid has it made, I slept in a sleeping bag my entire 2nd grade year and I didn’t have a dresser until I bought one when I was 18. But does any of that matter? No. She sneaks out of her room every night and crawls into her sisters bed. I’ve tried to guard the door, I caught her twice last night but she is a night owl and always out last me! I resulted to threats last night, I told her if I woke to find her in her sisters bed she would be punished.
I woke up, went straight to her room, No Hailee? Go to her sisters room look in bed, no Hailee? Small heart attack, as I catch a glimpse of a small people on the floor. It’s Hailee, sleeping in her sisters room on the floor. I’m losing this fight.
Mornings are the busiest part of our day. As I rush around reminding each kid of what they have left to do to get ready, I try to do various house chores. I usually clean when I come home from work or school but throughout the night the kids get up and roam through the kitchen, Hailee may have an accident and change clothes, they secretly create a fort… whatever the case, there is always more work in the morning! A few days ago while we were in our morning rush my 4 year old daughter Hailee decided to change her clothes and leave them in the floor. Fet up, I told her that she needed to pick her clothes up and walk them to the laundry hamper. Then I continued to lecture her about how she needed to start taking care of herself because no one was going to clean up after her when she got older hahaha, I realize now how crazy I sound. Well it turned out that Hailee took my words to heart. Yesterday she made her own lunch, cleaned up her own messes all day and then she decided to make me dinner.
She calls it lettuce soup. It has celery, fruit loops, and milk in it. She stood there with this super excited face just waiting for me to take a bite. So I did, I really did. Oh my goodness, the things we do to make our children happy. Needless to say, I won’t be giving Hailee anymore lectures until she learns her way around the kitchen.