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Monday, March 14, 2011

Late Night Activities


And the Husband found this last week, before the time change, y'all. So what do your little ones do when they sneak out of bed in the middle of the night? And how do you solve the problem? Because - while I greatly appreciate that the Tongginator is loving word puzzles and jumbles just like her momma - her late night activities tend to create a Majorly Grumpy Tongginator Attitude. Just so you know...

14 comments:

Cedar said...

I believe my children are brilliant. However, one thing they have no skill at is sneaking up in the middle of the night (or after bed) without making a ton of noise to alert us. It doesn't help that the boys are in the same room and their "game" of choice is always monsters or spies or battling each other. Does not make for a lack of parental involvement. Sorry, no advice again. The time change is very hard on us all, though I did get Sunday Linkage an hour early last night!

Natalie said...

When I was little, I had terrible insomnia. I would wake my parents up multiple times each night, begging for a glass of water or saying I was scared, mostly just wanting attention. The pediatrician told them to lock their bedroom door. He told me I could read in bed or color, but I couldn't wake up my family. I still have terrible insomnia (I'm posting this at 4am), but I'm good at entertaining myself and not bothering others!

Laurie said...

I don't THINK my children are doing this. Ha! When my daughter was 2, she got out of bed one night to "play", and her toy of choice was a drum. Not so sneaky! :)

Briana's Mom said...

Wish I had some advice for you. Briana is a deep sleeper. Once she is asleep, she is out for 10 hours straight.

Cavatica said...

BB does this for about the first hour after going to bed sometimes. She sometimes uses her Glowdoodle or "reads". Sometimes she comes out of her room to tell me something VERY important. Last night it was that the fur on her panda's didn't feel right and would they have to live with this? She does go right back in. I realize when it happens she really isn't sleepy, as other nights she falls asleep quickly and she will fall asleep eventually. However, the mornings after these evenings aren't the easiest.

The Gang's Momma! said...

Li'l Empress has spent many a night wandering around her room for the first hour or so after being put down to bed. Now that she's in a big girl bed, she was exploring the freedom. We could hear her opening her door and peeking into the hallway. Once she went looking to see who was in the shower next door. Surprised her brother for sure. And not in a good way :)

We just repetitively kept going up, settling her back in, and reminding her to stay put. BUT. And that's a big but. We still kept finding books under her bed or btw. her bed and the wall.

So eventually, we moved the monitor to cover the night-light on it better and make it darker. Took out the basket of books and excess toys (NOT the ones she needs to sleep with) and it worked itself out. Took several weeks.

And even now, if she hasn't had enough stimulation or exercise during the day, she's antsy and itchy to sit up, sneak out and try to play.

Lisa said...

At her age, I think I'd just let it go! You know, picking those battles and all! :)

We just went ahead and fashioned a small light atop L's bed and she keeps a few activties ( deemed nighttime acceptable!) :) nearby. ( books, journal, music, etc.) Better to have her still snuggled in a warm bed, than on the floor was our thinking!


I think as long as she isn't acting up in school and its not happening every night........not a big deal! The grumpies won't last and eventually they do get so tired that they DO sleep the whole night through!

:)

Wendy said...

Mine is a deep sleeper, but when she gets up she reads in her bed and takes her clothes off! LOL! I find her in the morning 1/2 naked drowning in a sea of books.

And, man, is she a grouch in the morning.

delucchi family said...

Hey TM, put a monitor in her room and tell her you are watching her all the time :-). How cute though, its all laid out for later. A grumpy TM not so cute hey? Maybe if she is grumpy because of late night antics then she has to go to bed extra early - consequences?
Good luck!!
Love Jules
xxx

The Source said...

Oh...are we supposed to stop them from roaming around at night? Because Darling Daughter didn't sleep an entire night the whole summer after fourth grade. Every time I woke in the night, she was sitting in her bed playing with dolls or coloring or reading or whatever. And now I have a thirteen year old who goes to bed whenever. But that's because he can do school whenever. I'm hoping they'll be able to find careers that have funky hours??

LucisMomma said...

You are so blessed with your little girl. Reading so well, and able to keep herself entertained without waking mommy up.

Mahmee said...

As long as PSparkly stays in her room and makes an attempt at sleeping, I have no complaints. I kind of enjoy hearing her little footsteps and giggles in her room late at night. I'm thinking I'll miss that when she grows up.
M.

Kerrie said...

I recently found a Magnadoodle in my youngest's bed, which probably explains the recent car-rider line naps. I just left it there. It's not bothering anyone. She's staying in bed. What's not to like?

Erica said...

I was the same way as a child (and an adult, unfortunately). My parents would put me to bed and I would play quietly in bed. Then I would hear them go to bed and I would continue to play quietly. Sometimes I would wander the house, but mostly I just stayed in my room. I'm not sure there is a solution for night owls. Even now I can get up at 6 am feel like death all day and at 9 pm I am so perky I can't sleep.