I find your responses in this section to be amazingly on target & helpful, & hope you can advise me on how to smoothly transition my children from our bed to their own rooms.
We recently redid our children's rooms - they were a big part of the process, helping choose colors, decorations, etc. They love their new rooms. I was hopeful that this would encourage a desire to sleep in them, but, no such luck.
Dh & I really want & need our bed back. Right now, dh sleeps on the sofa, and me & the 2 kids sleep in my bed. The kids seem to need an adult to lay with them, if they wake up to no parent in the bed, they get up to find us - no matter the time of night.
A little backstory... dd is 8. She slept in her room until 3, and, moved in our room when her little brother was born. She moved back in her room at 5, and, at 7, has moved back to sleeping with us every night.
Ds has been in our bed since birth. He's 4, almost 5.
I've been dealing with a chronic illness, which makes all aspects of parenting more challenging, but, I feel like I've really dropped the ball with sleeping... it's just been "easier" to have them in our bed. But, now they're getting older, dh & I want to reconnect, and, we want them to move to their own, currently empty, beds! We haven't started the transition yet, and, hope to have a plan in place before we start. I feel the kids are old enough to maybe include in the process. How can we do this smoothly? Or, can we?