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Old 06-14-2011, 07:24 PM   #821
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Ya I talked to them about it asked them if they knew what stealing meant & what happens to ppl that steal. They could answer the questions plus told me that they should be asking for it. Even told them they will have 3 meals a day& at least 2 snacks a day (before bed) but they will be punished every time. And til they understand & stop they wont get any homemade bake goods or any other goodies to eat til they stop!
They are pretty young. They aren't going to understand a long lecture or punishment. Have you tried some positives? A sticker chart on the fridge, earning points for a reward? Like whoever stays in bed the longest gets a treat/toy/privilege. Praise when they do something they should. Lock up the stuff they shouldn't get in to. Your pediatrician might have some other ideas. They might be missing something in their diet.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #822
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Maybe we need two new venting forums--dealing with kids, and the other, caring for ageing parents...
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #823
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Thanks for your kind words BuckyTom and Claire. Aging parents are tough, but it is even tougher when they are gone. I sure miss my mom!
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:54 PM   #824
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Thanks for your kind words BuckyTom and Claire. Aging parents are tough, but it is even tougher when they are gone. I sure miss my mom!
Aww...sorry. I miss my mom--she's not physically gone, but she's not my mom anymore...I know it will be harder when she is actually physically gone...We only have one mom. We can have more than one spouse, but we can't ever go out and find another mom...or dad.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:04 PM   #825
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Stubbs--I'm not a parent, so take this with a grain of salt. But I would definiitely talk with their doctor. My biological clock wakes me at 4:00 a.m. almost every day. I'm not hungry, but I'm wide awake. I've been this way my whole life. I drove my parents crazy--I sometimes would play quietly in my room--but I was on high alert when others got up. I still am. I drive my DH crazy.

Maybe trying to shift their sleep schedule would help (the old you set the alarm for an hour before they wake up, get them up, give them a snack, put them back to bed--you didn't say if they sleep in the same room--if they do, maybe separate them), and move that time forward in 5-10 minute increments over several weeks (so do it for 3-4 days, change the time). This is what we've done when housebreaking puppies that wake up at 4:00 a.m. I know, kids aren't puppies, but a consistent routine and waking them instead of letting them determine when they get up might help. I'm guessing there is a reason they are waking up at that hour and that changing the schedule of when they eat, what they eat at each meal, and when they go to bed might be in order. A specialist probably would be the best person to consult. Maybe they need "sleep inducing" foods later in the day...
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Dif ppl have their own options about things. And its all about not asking... I have no problem with feeding my kids if they are hungry but what you dnt understand is one of my kids no matter how much he eats he says he hungry he can just have 2 servings of food at dinner still say he is hungry.
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The waking them up to eat and back to bed mentioned above is work, but it would work...resetting their body clocks is what needs to be done. Also, many kids benefit from many small meals throughout the day.
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All im saying is it strange they nev really have woke up like this. Now all of a sudden they do. I know our life about to change husband got a new job to where he will be traveling
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:25 PM   #829
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Stubbs--that would have me talking with their doctor--that this is new behaviour. It may be that the waking up at 4:00 a.m. hungry is unrelated. It may be that they answer that they are hungry (they are very young) is a patterned response to a question posed, but may not be true.

Your kids' doctor is probably your better bet to arrive at a workable solution to this behaviour than any of us here can offer. Please contact their doctor and discuss this so that you can figure out an approach to resolve this issue. They may well outgrow it, but you may go insane before that happens. Good luck.
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Stubbs--that would have me talking with their doctor--that this is new behaviour. It may be that the waking up at 4:00 a.m. hungry is unrelated. It may be that they answer that they are hungry (they are very young) is a patterned response to a question posed, but may not be true.

Your kids' doctor is probably your better bet to arrive at a workable solution to this behaviour than any of us here can offer. Please contact their doctor and discuss this so that you can figure out an approach to resolve this issue. They may well outgrow it, but you may go insane before that happens. Good luck.
Considering you are proficient with puppies and hens and I am good with Geriatrics and kittens...we probably aren't the best people to answer this question
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