So you might recall our issue with Holly getting out of bed and wrecking her room every night (and also during naps). A couple of nights this week, she actually stayed in her bed (after me rocking her until she was very drowsy, which I hate to get back in the habit of). Otherwise, she's been out of her bed within minutes of us leaving her room, and playing around/making a mess for up to 2 hours. We've pretty much removed everything from her room--toys, books, and finally, her dresser drawers. We're trying our best to ignore her. She's fallen asleep several nights this week on the floor and slept there all night. Last night, she eventually got back in her bed until 7am. Maybe that's progress?
Naptime today was more of the same. There's nothing (so we thought) in her room, but she still proceded to play in her room for over 2 hours. Not the end of the world for naps, but at night--I just don't want her staying up until 9:30 doing this crap when she's got to get up for school the next day.
So aside from ignoring it and hoping it passes, is there anything else I can do?
She VERY much understands that we don't want her to do this. She'll say "Holly got out of her bed. Mommy & Daddy sad. Santa sad." (Yes, I went there. Not proud of it. LOL), and "Holly need to use listening ears," or "Holly not being a big girl. Holly a baby." (I told her that big girls stay in their beds).
I bought her a Little People Circus set at a consignment sale that I know she will flip out over. Would it be awful to show it to her, then tell her she cannot have it until she starts staying in her bed, and otherwise listening to Mommy & Daddy. And if she gets it, tell her we will take it back (and follow through) if she gets out of her bed again? Is that awful to do?
Ugh. I hate to use bribery, but I'm running out of ideas. I'm really trying not to be a spaz about it--in the grand scheme of things, she's not hurting anything, just not getting enough rest, and blatantly disobeying us. We will try to ignore it as much as we can, but man, I still want to pull my hair out.