We have trouble in this family staying in bed at night (not Mark and I) Excuses range from, I am scared, I had a bad dream, I want to cuddle you,etc. We have tried discipline and motivation. Motivation seems to work so much better in this particular case. I started making charts with boxes. When they stayed in their beds all night, they received a sticker. When the chart was full, a prize was given. Prizes ranged from candy, dollar store trips, even Chuckie Cheese! The problem is when I take away the chart and think they have gotten into a good pattern of sleeping ion their beds, it backfires. They wake up and come in our room. They are smart.I heard Arianna tell Sophia. "I slept with Mommy and Daddy because we dont have a chart anymore." Oh my!
Do you have any good suggestions for this sleeping problem? Should I just lock my door and let all of them just scream in the hallway till they go back to bed or fall asleep on the floor? (thats what will happen) I do know this is a phase but I thought at least the 5 yr olds would have grown out of it by now.
I'm open to suggestions:)