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    I have 4 children and my older 3 are nightmares.
    Every night it's a struggle to get them asleep.
    My oldest is 7 are generally is good but has his moments. Next is my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old daughter who are my worst. Every night is a struggle to get them to sleep. They want to sleep with me but 930 I give up. Last night we were up to 11. And they don't sleep during the day and they are up by 7am. I've tried everything. We have routines which I've been doing for years but when it comes to getting them to fall asleep it's a friggen nightmare. We get no alone time at night. Kids should be asleep by 7. Why are my kids still crying and screaming at 11!!!!
    I leave a light on. They have soft fairy lights on. I tried Turing them off. I tried tv. I've tried books. I've tried super nanny approach. But when I'm dealing with 3 constantly coming out crying or wanting stuff I give up. I'm exhausted from lack of sleep and have headaches from the constant noise. I'm done dealing with their crap. Seriously how hard is it to go to sleep at 7. I start this routine at 8 and its now almost 9 with my two girls crying. I hate this. I put up with this fight for over two years. I need professional help!!!!! What can I do!!!! My 1 year old baby is the best

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    Ok some little errors sorry just so tired. I meant to say I start their routine at 7. At 630 is toilet, teeth and book. 7 they are usually in bed. So from 7pm to god knows what time is hell

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    Maybe with the 3 year old a visual and written check list that you can 'tick' off each night?
    - Bath (Tick)
    - Milk
    - TV time (My ds has 10-15min to watch a movie, we have the TIMER on the oven on and when the timer goes off we turn the TV off). Now and then we allow him to set it for "5 min more"!)
    - Brush teeth
    - Drink water
    - Book
    - Nusery rhyme
    - Choose toy to sleep with
    - Socks off
    - Kiss / cuddle
    - Sleep time

    Maybe you need to sit with your toddler until he falls asleep? I sit with DS and he falls asleep within 10min (He too used to jump out of bed for approx 1 hr!)
    I sit in the dark next to him with my mobile (Sound off and brightness down).

    Good luck!

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    I don't know. But it's 10pm and my 22 month old is still awake. He's just a night owl like his parents. He wakes up himself at 7 or 7.30am, has a 2 hour day sleep (lucky me), and we do all the right stuff - bedtime routine, stay with him quietly till he falls asleep, etc. I feel your pain!

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    Perhaps you could try starting their bedtime routine a bit later. If I try to get DS in bed at 7 he comes in and out until 9:30.

    Generally we have dinner at 6:30/7. A bit of playtime or if I can tell its going to be one of those nights a movie to wind down. Toilet, bath/shower. Book and song. Kiss goodnight. He is in bed between 8-8:30 and asleep by 8:30-9.

    With your 7 yr old maybe have a deal that he can stay up 20-30mins after the younger kids if he goes straight to sleep and doesn't get out of bed. If he doesn't go to sleep then the privilege of staying up extra time is taken away and he has to earn it back. Tell the younger kids that he is older and when they are older they might be able to as well.

    With the 5 and 3 yr old try talking to them about their plans for the next day and how they need their sleep. Tell them they have to stay in bed and if they can't sleep yet they can talk to a toy or sing themselves some songs but they have to stay in bed.

    It might take awhile but I really hope you get some sleep. Good luck!

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    Thanks for everyone replies. I finally toughened up with my kids.
    My 5 year old was the worst. So we gave up her room to our youngest and now she is sharing with her 3 yo sister. We had to buy a new bed so our 5 year came out and pick it along with a new doona cover.
    She helped me decorate her and sis room and she's happy. Finally. I think the night and being alone scared her.

    And I now do bedtime at 730 for 5 yo and 830 for 7 yo.
    It seems to work cause they sleep til. 7 am.
    The younger two are in bed by 7pm and wake about 6.
    They all sleep through and in their own beds. We now force them to go back to bed if they wake.
    No more fighting battles at 11pm.
    Touch wood!!!

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    That is great news! It sounds like you are all doing well


 

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