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    When they're young, it's fun for siblings to share a bedroom. The pillow fights! The shadow puppet shows! Only if those siblings are boy and girl, many parents agree that this innocent arrangement can't continue indefinitely. How soon opposite-sex siblings need separate bedrooms is a question that sparks heated debate among parents, with some claiming, "Hey, I shared a room with my brothers and sisters until college and I didn't mind one bit!" Still, if you're a parent who does wonder how early the awkwardness can ensue, here's an expert's assessment.

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    As parents, we have this magic ability to kiss boo boos away and find creative ways to get kids to finish their dinner. Flying airplane! Vroom! Open the hangar! Sometimes, though, we need some extra help. Like when there are monsters under the bed, in the closet, anywhere in the house.

    Of course we can tell our kids that there are no monsters, but they sometimes don't believe a word we say. We're the adults, remember. There once was a time we didn't believe anything adults say either. But to get an actual prescription for a Monster Spray? That could work. And that's exactly what Barrett Pharmacy in Watford City, North Dakota, did for not one, but several kids who needed their own Monster Spray to get to sleep at night.

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    Have you ever noticed how kids seem to go from one extreme to the other in certain instances? What am I saying? Of course you have. They're just about the most indecisive little creatures on the planet -- especially when it comes to making sure they get their way.

    And they really have a knack for changing their minds as to how they feel in a split second if they aren't getting the reaction out of us they're looking for.

    Not sure what I mean? Here are five ways kids make "miraculous recoveries" in order to get situations working in their favor.

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    Jerry Seinfeld went on the most beautiful rant about putting kids to bed that I’ve heard since Samuel L. Jackson narrated the parody bedtime story Go the F*ck to Sleep.

    On Tuesday night the comedian was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and he delved into what it’s like to put his three kids (ages 8, 10, and 13) to bed, or as he calls it, the “Royal Coronation Jubilee Centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental appliances and the stuffed animal semi-circle of emotional support.”

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    7 Natural Sleep Aids for Kids

    posted by Jeanne Sager February 12 at 12:47 PM in Big Kid
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    I thought we'd gotten past the "no sleep for Mom stage" back when my daughter was a newborn. Oh, how wrong I was. My daughter is 8 years old, and she is not sleeping. It has turned our entire household upside down. Even the dogs don't know when to get up and bark and when to lie down and be lazy.

    Everyone and their mother tell me the secret is a solid bedtime routine, but we've already got that down. We've done the same bath (or shower), jammies, story, snuggles routine for years! And it's not working anymore.

    I've been getting desperate. A number of parents were praising melatonin to get kids to sleep, and they almost had me. I was thisclose, but then I got nervous. What if my kid is the kid who becomes dependent on drugs to sleep or worse?

    So what's a mom to do? I've been turning to natural sleep aids that are safe for kids and might actually get me some much needed rest!

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    When I tell people I can't wait until my kid is a teenager so she will sleep until noon (or beyond), they tend to get all high and mighty with me about how I shouldn't rush things and they're only young once and blah, blah, bloody blah. But finally, I have found my people! Samantha Manville and her husband have become the latest parents with a viral story, and it's all because they were sick and tired of their kids waking them up early on the weekends! Yes, these parents dared to dream of sleeping in. We've all gotta have dreams!

    The Manvilles, who hail from Washington state, left a note for their son Liam, 8, and daughter Alexia, 10, detailing the answer to every possible question the kids might have to wake them up at an ungodly hour (aka anytime before 10 a.m.).

    Forget Iron Man and the Hulk ... THESE are my superheroes! Check out what they had to say:

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    It's almost midnight, and finally I'm going to bed. Exhausted, I mount the stairs, ready to drop into my nice warm bed. Then I hear it. "Hi, Mom!" It's 11:45 p.m., and my 8-year-old is still wide awake.

    Of course she is. She's always wide awake. Except at 7 in the morning, when it's time to get up for school and she's miserable because she was up late the night before. But late at night when normal kids are fast asleep? My kid is raring to go. Lucky me.

    This is my new life -- parenting an 8-year-old with insomnia.

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    Think it's hard to put a baby to sleep? Well, for a lot of us, the nighttime fun keeps going as your kids get older. That's why bedtime rituals aren't just for babies and toddlers. They're for kids of all ages -- you just need to adjust them over time. These rituals help relax your kids and quiet their minds so they can get down to the important business of sleeping. They also make for great bonding moments ... well, sometimes, anyway.

    This winter I've realized I kind of need to step up my game, so I'm looking to other moms to see what they do with their kids. Here's what they told me.

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    For most of my parenting tenure, I have hated my kids' bedtime. With four children under 9, it's a serious challenge to get everyone bathed, brushed, and asleep, and mostly, I just want them to hop in and go to sleep quickly so I can enjoy the quiet before I collapse.

    But lately I've had a huge shift in how I feel about the time before my kids fall asleep, and it's become one of my favorite times of the day. And with a little adjustment, it can be yours too.

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    The day my daughter was officially potty trained ranks right up in my top 10 mom moments ever. Maybe even the top five. Not much can take you down from the high of knowing you'll never have to change a dirty diaper again. Well, except maybe bedwetting.

    I don't mean the kids who are still peeing in their jammies at night because you rushed them into undies when they really aren't fully potty trained. I mean having a big kid who knows how to use the potty and do it on the regular who is waking up soaking wet morning after morning.

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