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    Hi.
    My 7 and 11 year old share a room and it's causing issues with them playing up at night.
    Having a room for each one isn't an option as we only have 3 bedrooms.
    They are allowed to read before lights out, and on some days get their ipods instead of reading.
    But after that, they bounce around, play with stuff in their room, talk loudly, spend time in the bathroom and toilet.
    Bedtime is 830 week nights and 915 weekends, except now it's holidays so it's 915. Any ideas?

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    Start a sticker chart and they can work towards a reward of some kind?

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    Is the extra long days a cause for the sleeplessness? It's still light outside and so they "can't" go to sleep? You could always cover their window.
    I find giving my boys one warning and then a consequence works, too.
    If that fails I go sit in their room and read a book or play on my phone and whenever one starts to be silly I snip at them. It used to take a few goes before they would stop, now I only ever get to the warning stage if that.

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    What about taking turns of having one go to bed early and the other stay up later for a bit of one on one time with you? Maybe you could say to them that if they go straight to sleep on their early night, then they get the late night tomorrow. If they muck around, then they miss out. That way they are responsible for their own decisions and maybe one will be asleep before the other goes to bed and then that cuts out the silliness. Maybe?

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    So mr 7 goes to bed at 8:30 tonight and mr 11 goes to bed at 9:15. If mr 7 goes straight off to sleep, then he gets his go at 9:45 tomorrow and mr 11 will go at 8:30. You could even do a puzzle or something special just with the one who stays up each night?

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    Thanks for the ideas so far. It's been a problem for a long time, so don't think it's the light. We have tried reward charts, but that didn't really do any good at all. Am thinking I might have to iit there until they stop as dh works shiftwork and needs his sleep.

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    Hi there, I find that keeping the kids' rooms for sleeping only at bedtime helps, they seem to switch off more quickly. How about reading in the lounge, then when it is lights out, go into bedroom and into bed with the lights out right away, to send the message that it is sleep time. Maybe the kids are too stimulated by other distraction while the lights are still on eg: music/toys etc. Just an idea.


 

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