Friday, July 22, 2011

Get Out of my Bed!

This morning I decided to research how to get my 16 year old son to sleep in his OWN BED! Help!

Seriously!  This is how he sleeps!  Nearly every night... if you can call it that.  Besides him not really getting any sleep, he is seriously cramping my style on the treadmill!

I am willing to admit this whole issue may be my own fault. After all, I allowed him to crawl into my bed whenever he couldn’t sleep since the day he was born. By the time he was 7 or 8 he didn’t get into my bed so much during the night… he would make a “nest” of blankets on the floor next to me. Now he is an ornery 16 year old… and he WON’T sleep in his bed.

You may wish to mock, in the privacy of our mind please, those parents who are chained to their kids' beds, chained to an endless nightly routine of lying down with the kid, lying down in silence and stillness, hardly daring to breathe, sometimes for hours until said kid finally fell asleep, sometimes not until the wee hours of the night. Or you may be tempted to tease the parent who chooses the “family bed” option just to get some sleep because they are so tired!

You may even be thinking, "How do parents become such suckers?"

Let me tell you: Sometimes You Do What You Have To Do.

End of story.

I have FIVE kids, by the way, and it wasn't until #3 that I became the mom whose kid demands/insists I lie down with him. Because otherwise he won't sleep. Otherwise there is crying.

I am paying for that now. He won’t sleep… in his bed or at all. I can’t get him to go to bed. He stays up all night and sleeps all day. Even now, as I type this at 1:00 pm, he is sawing logs in MY BED, after he transferred himself from the family room chair.

Trust me. I’ve tried everything I can think of… bribing… threats… melatonin… I even talked to the doctor who said this was normal teen boy behavior.

I don’t think so!

Gah. Anybody have any easier, sure-fire methods of getting my kid to sleep in HIS bed? Tonight?

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