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  • How do you respond when your kids tell you they can't sleep?

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    10 posts, 10 voices, 3051 views, started Jun 13, 2011

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 by Dori Robinson




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      I have eight-year old twins, which means that on any given night, at least one of them is claiming he/she can’t sleep.  I’m an insomniac, and have been....well....for the last eight years - but the same kids who claim they can’t sleep invariably begin snoring five minutes after they come whining into my living room. What do you do?  Give them Benadryl? Tell them to help you fold laundry in the hopes that boredom will overcome them? Send them marching straight back into their rooms?

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          Mzd3 wrote Jun 13, 2011
        • I wouldnt give them medicine. But I would make sure that they werent consuming any caffeine products or much sugars , especially in the evenings. Try to make sure they get outside during the day and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.



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          Tuliplady wrote Jun 13, 2011
        • Send them marching straight back to their rooms.  For heavens sake, don’t start giving them medication to sleep at that age.

          My son was a good one for saying he couldn’t sleep.  Usually it was just him wanting some Mom time.  I’d lay down beside him and he’d be out like a light in about 2 minutes flat.

          I would usually tell my kids to get back to bed and that I’d come check on them in 10 minutes to see if they were sleeping.  I’d drag that 10 out to 15 or 20 usually and they were always sound asleep.



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          Dori Robinson wrote Jun 14, 2011
        • Thanks, ladies.  Tuliplady....I love your comment “send them marching straight back to their rooms.”  Sounds like a lady after my own heart!  (and as a Dutch girl, I’m secretly thrilled that you are the TULIP lady!)

          I was being sarcastic about the Benadryl...the only meds my kids take are daily vitamins.  tongue out



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          Karen29115 wrote Jun 14, 2011
        • As the Gamma to twin girls I completely understand what you are talking about... seems like they take turns sleeping. But I have found that having a set bedtime routine and sticking to it has pretty much eliminated the “I can’t sleep” routine. Now don’t misunderstand, they will still try it, but they know that bedtime is bedtime, so we aren’t having too much of it anymore.

          Hope this helps!
          Karen



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          Rleepac wrote Jun 14, 2011
        • My 9-yr-old daughter has always had this issue.  She is a night owl and it’s complicated by the fact that she is home-schooled and we often let her sleep later than most kids.  But, even when she is up early on a consistent basis she just can’t fall asleep.  We will find her up reading at 2 am.

          So now, I make her a special “sleepy-time” drink.  I heat up a little Almond Milk (it’s the only milk we drink and there won’t be any lactose issues) put a squirt of SF white chocolate syrup and a dash of cinnamon.  She sips it for about 15 minutes and then goes to bed.  She seems to fall asleep better now that I’ve started doing this.  Probably a combo of placebo and the fact that she has to sit still to drink it but hey...it works!



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          Rygrmom wrote Jun 14, 2011
        • All great ideas!  I just send mine back and tell to try again. I may let them read for 10-15minutes depending the time of night. That definitely knocks them out!  

          Melanie



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          Guidinglite wrote Jul 13, 2011
        • Mine goes something like, I dont care, what the problem is, get you butts back in bed.........
          Or something like that! :)
          Ment to be funny.........do not take this post seriously!



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          Tracyd23317 wrote Sep 10, 2011
        • I usually tell my 4 year old to read for a little while. Sometimes, and this may sound weird(but it works!) I let her sleep on the floor. I lay down a soft blanket and put her stuffed animals on it, and her pillow pet, and then she sort of feels like she’s camping, and then falls asleep much faster.



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