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    Parenting 101

    I searched for existing parenting threads, and the only two that came up didn't really fit with the theme I was hoping to convey through a new parenting thread. A parenting thread that allows members of the dtoid forums a place to ask questions, seek guidance or just shoot the shit about their common experiences with raising a child, or children, as the case may be.

    I have a four year old daughter. She's great, most of the time, but lately, she's been getting up at around 3 AM and standing outside of our door crying. Almost like clockwork. We've tried everything. We started out a couple of nights by letting her jump into bed with us, but that started to become way too frequent. Then, we tried letting her stay up later, in hopes that she would sleep throughout the night. We've also tried rocking her back to sleep in her room, but she inevitably just wakes up again an hour or so later.

    Anytime you ask her why she's crying, she says she doesn't like her room. Her room is completely customized for her. We put up Mickey Mouse related decals all over her walls, she's got her very own "big girl" bed, she's got a couple of night lights, one of which is a wicked cool lady bug that shoots stars on the ceiling, hundreds of stuffed animals, and toys galore.

    Not sure what is going on with her lately, and frankly, my wife and I are all out of options.

    So, anybody else have a similar issue? If so, what kinds of things did you try to get them to sleep in their room throughout the night?

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    My kid tried to pull that getting into bed with us bs before. He insists that he's scared of his room, but only sometimes. Started telling him that he couldn't come get me until it was light outside his window. Took a few nights and lots of tears, but eventually he started coming by at 7am instead of 6am so I counted it as a minor victory.

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    Yeah, we've tried something like that too. Problem is, with the winter season upon us, it usually doesn't get light until we're already up and getting ready for work. Maybe that's it. Maybe it's just the season change. During the summer, she would sleep all night, without any issues. God I hate winter.

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    Yeah, her internal clock is probably thrown off, give it a few weeks and she'll be back on track, maybe.

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    Give it back to the store.

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    who knows. they are mysterious. and they go through phases. maybe ensure that she doesn't drink anything during that hour before bedtime? maybe it's her bladder waking her up. she could be having bad dreams. should may just want to cockblock you. who knows. my 6 year old wakes up some mornings. my 4 year old always sleeps through the night, but is usually up before everyone else. my 2 year old is wearing us out. wakes up crying 3-4 times every night. you just have to sacrifice some sleep and soothe them. work out some arrangement that ensures everyone gets the most amount of sleep possible.

    does she have rails on her bed? also, my daughter's favorite lady bug stars a blue. that thing is pretty bad ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digtastik View Post
    who knows. they are mysterious. and they go through phases. maybe ensure that she doesn't drink anything during that hour before bedtime? .
    Even hard liquor!?

    Man, she's gonna be pissed about that one. Surly pissed.

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    Hmmm, four years old huh? They can be terrible at that age. Does the little scamp have a job? If not it's no wonder shes up all night, she needs to stop mooching and put in a fair days work. Do you live near any coal mines or factories? Children have small frames and nimble little fingers that are ideal for such work. This would not only solve your current problem but would also provide an additional source of income for the family. And with the child off at work it frees up more of your valuable time to drink, play video games, and fornicate with the wife/mistress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bizarro View Post
    Hmmm, four years old huh? They can be terrible at that age. Does the little scamp have a job? If not it's no wonder shes up all night, she needs to stop mooching and put in a fair days work. Do you live near any coal mines or factories? Children have small frames and nimble little fingers that are ideal for such work. This would not only solve your current problem but would also provide an additional source of income for the family. And with the child off at work it frees up more of your valuable time to drink, play video games, and fornicate with the wife/mistress.
    I'll get on that, posthaste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PappaDukes View Post
    I'll get on that, posthaste!
    Another problem solved with child labor.

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    I... much respect to you folks. I can't even tolerate listening to young children speak. I mean... I'm glad they exist. Children being the future and all... but I wish they weren't loud. And they made sense. And were literate. And didn't ask so many questions. And weren't picky.

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    It's not so bad Starkey. Just self-medicate yourself with morphine and sleeping pills and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PappaDukes View Post
    It's not so bad Starkey. Just self-medicate yourself with morphine and sleeping pills and you'll be fine.

    I dunno man... I was scared shitless when a condom broke about a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkey View Post
    I dunno man... I was scared shitless when a condom broke about a year ago.
    Man, first problem is that you're wearing a condom. Just use the proven, and effective porn method. Once you are about 30 seconds away from blowing your load, pull out, and let the chick finish you off. Boom. You can have that one for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatsby View Post
    With me, it's a little different. Whenever I go visit my little cousin for example, I always try to be an awesome older cousin. I love her, so I want her to be happy whenever I come over. Then she finally becomes happy that I come over, and as a result, never leaves me alone. Soon, I'm trying to relax and read the paper and she's in my face telling me to watch her stack some stuffed animals. Having done it a thousand times, the novelty is gone, but her thirst for attention never subsides. Children don't understand alone time, they don't understand boundaries.
    I know what you mean. I have some cousins like that too. I love them to death, and they are older (like 17 and 12) now, but they were ANNOYING AS SHIT a few years back.

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    I respect people with children, but kids make my skin crawl...


    Like Starky said, I hate that they dont make sense and sing make up songs and stuff.

    Maybe its because I grew up with only adults around me ( I was the only kid in the household), I have no idea how to relate to children in general.
    I have no problem with animals, but kids ....
    Makes me want to bang my head on the wall. Though when i see well behaved kids I think they are awesome.

    So, I totally respect you for actually having one, and being patient with your kid.
    My parents half forgot they even had a kid, so the fact that you are posting here looking for advise means that you are a pretty cool parent.
    I'm sure, sooner or later when she is a teenager, you will look back and think "those were the days...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela Green View Post
    ...I hate that they dont make sense and sing make up songs and stuff.
    I do that, and I'm 33.

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    Wow, no one has stated the obvious yet? Room's haunted bro. Move out now.

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