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Old 08-08-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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My daughter who's 4 is determined to kill me.. She wakes up every day at 6:15-6:30. My husband works nights, 6 days a week, so he sleeps in during the day and his one day off he can't let me sleep in cause he worked the night before. I NEVER get a day to sleep in or catch up, and since he's not home I'm also up and down at night if she needs potty, is sick and so on.

I feel like that's too early for a kid her age to wake up. Her normal bedtime is around 7:30-8 depending on how long it takes us to brush teeth, read etc. I've gotten to the point where I kept her up till 9:30 the other night just hoping for her to sleep in till 7:30 or 8 am... nothing still up at same time.. I can't have coffee because I have a heart condition so I'm seriously dragging and I don't know how to get her to stop. I've asked her to stay in bed till the sun at least comes up, and I can hear her in there jumping around, talking etc so I'm up anyways. I feel so burnt dealing with it all night alone, then her hanging on me all day for 13 hours too. Any suggestions on this? I'm feel like I've got a newborn with the hours she has me going.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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My 10-year-old has not slept past 6:30 a day in his life. Not even while he was sick. He usually wakes up around 5:30.

My other two aren't like that. I used to fret and rant and try to "wear him out " before bedtime, but he's just wired that way. We say he's "part rooster." I started getting up at 5 just to get my shower in, and that's what I do today. I figure I'll sleep when I'm dead.

In my experience, it's not easily changed. You will need to help her with some strict rules about quiet time, when she can come out of her room, and what she can do when she's awake.

Have you considered enrolling her in a preschool a couple days a week?
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Our family hear's you..... our 3 boys... 9 and twin 5 yr olds.... rarely sleep past 630 am.... bedtime for all 3 is 8-830 pm. Even if they stay up later than that still up early. I work rotating shifts.....and often I am not around so she can rarely sleep in. Even if I am at home....the young ones want moms up.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: here
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Its all relative I guess. I have my kids in the car to leave for school and work at 6:50am. They have always been early risers. I can count the number of times they've slept past 7:00 in the last 11 years on 1 hand.

Does she still nap?
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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I taught my early riser son very young to go turn on cartoons and not bother mommy and daddy. It takes a few times but it's worth it!
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:08 PM
 
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I taught my early riser son very young to go turn on cartoons and not bother mommy and daddy. It takes a few times but it's worth it!
I did too.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:13 PM
 
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Don't try to change that! You start trying to teach your kid to sleep til 7 or 8 and you will end up with a child sleeping in her classroom at school when she starts school! I think she's waking up at a pretty normal wakeup time!
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Its all relative I guess. I have my kids in the car to leave for school and work at 6:50am. They have always been early risers. I can count the number of times they've slept past 7:00 in the last 11 years on 1 hand.

Does she still nap?
This reminds me ... Her being an early riser will be a GOOD thing once school starts. My friends with heavy-sleeping kids tell horror stories about having to DRAG their kids out of bed for school etc.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Sounds like your issue is your husband, not your child. You can not continue to neglect your sleep, it is unhealthy!
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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A couple of Nutri-grain bars, baggie o' cheerios, etc
box milk or juice
place on kitchen table the night before with a little note (Good morning sweetie! kisses)
help yourself to an early snack, turn on tv and chill until i'm up
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