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What do you do when they WILL NOT go to sleep?

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Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:10:16

the dds have been mucking around upstairs for an hour now.

they have to share a room as we have builders in.

They will not settle.

I have threatened, cajoled and now finally lost it.

But they are still bouncing around up there. The 2.5 year old is yelling her head off (playing, not crying).

What on earth do I do now?

QueenOfQuotes Mon 04-Jul-05 20:11:16

Leave them...............they'll go to sleep when they're tired.

Our 2 boys nearly always play around for an hr or more - but they do eventually go to sleep

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:12:02

trouble is the 5 year old is tired and really wants to go to sleep but gets pestered by the 2.5 year old grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:12:56

ha ha ha ha

DS (4) bedtime .. 8am

regularly still awake at 9.55

don't know what I'm supposed to do about that

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:13:05

8pm of course

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:13:57

god really

maybe I am just expecting too much.

But if they dont go to sleep by 8-ish they are both hideously grumpy in the morning

spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:15:16

God! I've got exactly the same going on upstairs but with no excuse about builders. The 3 year old keeps shouting and when I go up says 5 year old has told him to. 7 year old is wailing, 'stop it I want to go to sleep' from next room. What has got into them tonight.
I was going to have an alcohol free day. Perhaps tomorrow! Grrrrrr!

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:15:29

yeah and he does that sneaking down the stairs thing too

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:15:58

we have no alcohol in the house


spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:16:06

These summer nights!

spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:16:33

Go to/send someone to the shops then.

Rainbow Mon 04-Jul-05 20:17:06

I have the same problem. At this moment in time DS2 & DS3 are wrapped up in a quilt playing. I considering adding brandy to their milk or using the trusty mallet. DS1 is going to bed in 15 minutes (supposedly). (all 3 are in the same room)

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:18:12

shops a 10 minute drive away

dh too disapproving as we are not drinking this week

spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:19:31

Bad luck Enid. I feel for you. My dh is all too persuadable in that department.

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:20:03

<sighs wistfully>

my dh has a will of iron

bambi06 Mon 04-Jul-05 20:22:38

story tapes?

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:23:03


just add a 'y' and all will be fine

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:23:07

god that is a good idea bambi

will drag out cassette player

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:27:53

my idea was better .. add a y add a y

Enid Mon 04-Jul-05 20:29:41

dont get it

astonished Mon 04-Jul-05 20:31:38

Enid, i would probably put the younger one in my bed to limit distractions and then transfer her over when she's asleep. This regularly happens in my house and i just end up ignoring it until about nine when i let rip!!

astonished Mon 04-Jul-05 20:32:31

I get it twiglett!!! hehehehehe

spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:32:36

'let rip' ha ha. I know that feeling.

Twiglett Mon 04-Jul-05 20:32:58

and I quote ...

<sighs wistfully>

my dh has a willy of iron


spidermama Mon 04-Jul-05 20:33:43

Duh! Got it Twiglett. It took me this long though.

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