I have a question for all you readers this week.
My husband and I are firm believers in keeping children in a crib as long as possible. Not because we want to keep our children baby-ish and keep them from growing up, but because we want them to mature in their everyday obedience before we have to fight the "stay in bed" battle. We believe that a child's ability to obey in the little things on an everyday basis sets us all up for better success on the bigger things. I guess it falls into the category of setting them up to succeed rather than fail.
Cherith never learned to climb out of the crib. We moved her to a "big kid" bed somewhere around around her third birthday. Daryn learned to climb out of his crib on the older side of two. We moved him over to a bed at that point.
Ethan learned to climb out of the crib just a month after his second birthday. Now maybe if his personality were more... let's say, less confrontational... it wouldn't be a problem. But he's the most stubborn little guy. I'm pretty sure that he will be/is our most difficult child. Every tough stage in childhood will be even tougher with Ethan.
Now, I'm not bashing my own son. We love him to death. It is this very personality that makes him incredibly fun, hilarious, and just so lovable.
But this staying in bed thing.... I'm at a loss. He'll cooperate fairly well with Aaron, and only get out of bed a time or two. But when Aaron is at school, or during the day for nap time, he's out of bed hundreds of times. I've tried handling it the exact same way Aaron does, and I've tried many other ideas as they come to me. It's just getting worse, not better.
So my question for those who have been there before me... What have you tried that worked for you and your young 2 year old?