We currently have ds1 (10 years) and dd1 (almost 8) in their own rooms while ds2 and dd2 (almost 5) share a room. Our plan all along has been to eventually have the girls share a room once the youngest ones need a bit more space from each other. That time seems to have arrived. They are having trouble sleeping together (they also share a bed) and ds2 seems to enjoy his own space. The girls play well together. The only thing that has held us back before is that dd1 is a very early riser (like 4:30-5:30am) and this is not likely to change as we have attempted in the past and given up. She just goes to bed early which actually gives her the same bedtime as dd2. Dd2 doesn't usually wake up until 6:30-7am. Right now we just tell dd1 that she needs to play quietly in her room until 6am, at which point she can come out and have breakfast quietly. But if she's sharing a room that won't work. Any ideas? The only one I've come up with is setting up a quiet, cozy corner in the house so that when dd1 wakes up she can leave the room quietly and read, etc... in that area until 6am. I'm not sure she can stay quiet enough in her room for over an hour without waking dd2 up or turining on the light.
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4/7/13 at 6:37am