I am tired this morning. Actually I am tired many mornings. Why? Because I have one child who likes to get up early. This morning it was 4:45 am. Not only does she like to get up early, but she doesn't like to be up all alone. Actually, I say 4:45 because that was when I realized that all the kids upstairs were awake thanks to Emma.
This has been an ongoing issue. We have tried many things. At one point we told her that she could go downstairs and watch TV quietly. That didn't work out because she raided the kitchen, my moms stash, my husbands secret stash and mine. So for a while I would get up with her at her extreme early hour. However, I am not an extreme early riser and wasn't too nice. Finally I permanently moved Larissa downstairs and told Emma to stay in her room and read. Of course most days she doesn't do that, she wakes everyone upstairs and they tear up the house until I decide that I can't ignore it anymore. They do stay upstairs for the most part, we have gotten that far.
She does sleep. I try to make her stay up until bedtime but often she tries to fall asleep on the couch. On those occasions when I send her up to bed early, she will scream when woken by her sister when she goes to bed. The child who wakes everyone in the morning can't stand to be woken up herself. She doesn't understand why I don't have much compassion when it comes to her being woken up.
This is an issue that we have been dealing with for over 2 years now. We had hoped that as she aged she would begin to respect the other kids and learn to read or play quietly. So far it is not happening.
This morning she is in the garage. Now, the garage does have a couch, carpet and heating....plus a lot of toys. It may become her sleeping area. I don't know, this has frustrated me so much. No consequence has worked. Now I just want her separated from the others so that they can sleep. I don't have many options for bedrooms downstairs. Anyone out there have any suggestions? I am tired and open to new ideas.