Do/Did you ever sleep while your YOUNG kids were awake???

United States
June 22, 2012 11:28am CST
i was talking to a friend this morning and i told her i was tired and watned to curlback into my bed for another hour. she told me to go to sleep but when i told her i couldnt because my children were awake she reacted with so put on a favorite cartoon or movie give them something to eat and get that extra hour of sleep. i would NEVER do this. you never know what could happen. they could get into something that could really harm them. they could open the door and go outside alone (out here that is never a good idea). they could fall and get hurt. there are a number of things that could happen to them. so that is why i am here i wanted to hear the views of other mother (or even fathers) Would you sleep while your young kids are awake? if so why? if not why?
6 responses
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
22 Jun 12
What is a young kid? There are times now I do go to bad when I feel terrible (mostly it feels like fainting, I lay down, am not really able to sleep but also not to stand up/stay "awake"). I tell my kids and it's fine with them (they also know where to find me). They will not open the door to anyone or answer the phone or break down the house, things like that. I have to admit they are even more sweet as when I ask their older sister to take care of them. My son is 9 years old my daughter 6 years old. BTW I don't stay in bed for hours, mostly it's 1 hour or a bit more.
• United States
22 Jun 12
well her kid was only 1 year old when she was sleeping while she was running around the house doing and getting into everything that she wanted to. i dont see why it is a problem if they are 9 or 6 yeears old they are old enough to know better. to me i guess i am ranging it from birth - about 5 years old. they are still learning and i think they need mroe guidance. even a 6 year old i think might do things wrong but with an older sibling it might be diffrent. do not get me wrong please. everyone and every parent has a right to their opinion and they can raise their kids as they want to i am jsut interestedin hearing what other parents in the same situation would do. that is good that they know better than not to do those things :) that means you have done your job and they have learned :)
• United States
22 Jun 12
I only have one child I would have six if my body could hold them. I always said I would never let another child watch my child. sibling or not. I love my friend tameka for this. she has a 14 and 12 year old girls and anthony is five. she never lets those girls be boggled down with watching him she takes him to a sitter and she has his every other time. My mother had me watching my sister and brother for all kinds of reasons and it broke my heart. I never said a word to anyone until now. I hated her for that because that was not my job. I was a child myself and she would leave me to watch them and if something went wrong I got a beating with a belt. I don' fault anyone elsesl style but,I could never do it.
• United States
27 Jun 12
i do not agree with a child watching over a child but i guess some parents have their own way of doing things but to me that takes a lot out of your children. i have seen cases where the older child was taking away from her life and she did nothing but have to watch her sister and her brother. that just isnt fair. that is not why we have kids. we have them love and take care of them ourselves. not to have another child watch them as you do what you want. you are right that isnt your job and you shouldnt have had to so this. that is so unfair to you. things happen and if your mom was watching them then maybe that wouldnt have happened you were a kid your self. i can see why you feel so strongly on this subject.
• United States
4 Jul 12
If a parent goes to sleep with their kids by themselves, unless someone is watching them, they should have their kids taken away. It is neglect. I am lucky to goto sleep if my husband is awake, he will watch her.
• United States
5 Jul 12
that is very true but i see it or hear it happening all the time. i do not think it is right to leave their kids to their own specially when they are young. i will say i have accidently fallen asleep on the couch for 5 minutes at the most but i wake up to every movement and when that happens i get up and find some thing to do to help wake me up and that way i am there for my kids.
• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Jun 12
I never do that either and never would but I know 2 mothers off the top of my head that do that. I would worry sick about my children. I would not be able to physically even if I tried because I would be thinking the worst of things that could happen to them... I don't think it is the responsible thing to do. I was starting to think I was the only one who felt that way but now I see I am not, thank God! Lol. Those two mothers think I am crazy. I think I am a concerned and protective mother which I see nothing wrong with at all... I mean maybe I will be able to sleep when they are 14 or something but not when my kids are 6, 4 & 3. They are way too young for that and your right MANY things can happen. Even if nothing happens, I don't want to take that chance. My kids are worth more than that to me...
• United States
3 Jul 12
i will say and be the first to admit that i have accidently fallen asleep on the couch in the morning a few times and only for a few minutes. i always wake up to every thing i hear also they are either just waking up or eating breakfast and i cant stand that because while eating breakfast they could choke. when i notice myself that tired i get up and find things to do so that i can wake up. there are a lot of parents that do this and i agree with you it is not the responsible thing to do. no your not alone but there are not that many people that think as we do. they think it is ok specially if there is an older child who can watch over the younger one. which is something else i do not agree with. i have had people tell me that i am crazzy and to protective but i think the way i run things is just fine. even if i am a little to prtective atleast i know they are safe and nothing will happen to them. as they get older yes there will be more chances that you can sleep a little longer or that you can relax a little on the rules and not so "over protective" as some people call it but when they are little that is the time to teach them the way things need to be done. i agree my kids are worth a lot more than takin the chance of something happining tp them. i dont know what id do without them.
@GemmaR (8526)
23 Jun 12
I don't think that I would go to sleep if there was nobody else in the house and if my children were playing out of their bedrooms, because there is always the chance that they would hurt themselves by falling over or playing with something that they weren't supposed to. If they were still in bed maybe playing with a small toy then I might go to sleep again but not for too long because I don't think that children should be left to their own devices. You are responsible for your children, and you cannot look after them while you are asleep.
• United States
3 Jul 12
i agree there is no way of knowing what is going on while you are sleeping and you can not keep them very safe while your sleep and they play. i will admit that i have accidently fallen asleep on the couch for afew minutes here and there but at that point i try to get up and do things to stay awake. also when this happens my kids are in the same room so i wake up to everything that i hear. some people do not realize that their kids are their responsibility and without out guidance they will not learn the right and wrong things to do.
@nadrolski (220)
• Philippines
23 Jun 12
well, my daughter is already 10 years old, and we need not much time to watch for her all the time. on weekdays, i go to work at 7 in the morning and my wife assists her until she goes to school at noon until 6 in the late afternoon. in the evening until 9:00 or 10:00, we let her play with her cousin and her younger uncle (my half-brother) either in our house or their houses BUT we never, ever let them play or roam outside. we bought traditional toys/games for her and her playmates to keep her busy and not play outside, like those "pick-up sticks"; we also provide her educational materials like drawing pads, coloring books; Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network also keeps her busy and stay inside the house and will give you time to relax. and if she gets bored, she plays games on her Blackberry Playbook, and of course with supervision. hmm, in your case, i suggest you and your partner make shifts on who watches your children: one watches while the other gets to rest, then switch places later :D
• United States
3 Jul 12
that is a good way to run things and they have lots that they can do to stay busy and active. my husband is usually at work when i am tired. i wasnt to tired to watch them it was more or a figure of speech. now i have been to tired to hold my eyes open before but i was talking to my neoghbor at that point and shed take them for a short while. lately if i am really tired i just get up and get active or play the Wii to wake up and then i start my day :)
@much2say (40207)
• United States
23 Jun 12
In most cases, I would never nap or sleep while my little one was awake. I might be able to get away with it now, even though I have a 2 year old that gets into and climbs everything - but only because I have an older daughter who is 7 who could potentially watch over him. But even so, I don't intentionally go to sleep when they are awake. On that note, I have dozed off for a bit while trying to get my son to nap. The times I did, he'd be playing right next to me. The first time that happened, I awoke and found that he put stickers all over my hair. Another time, he tried to stack diapers on my head. HA HA You're right - anything can happen - why take the chance.
• United States
27 Jun 12
my kids get into everything lol so we have to keep a close eye on them so going to take a 1 hour nap while they are up is just asking for me to have more work in the house to do so that is just not an option haha. now i will admit that i have sccidently fell asleep on the coush while they watch cartoons or eat breakfast but that is never more than 5 minutes and then i try to get myself busy so that i can wake up. i have also fallen asleep while trying to put one of my children asleep but usually at that point they play beside me or do things to me also haha. my oldest has actually pryed my eyes open haha it was actually cute even tho it hurt a little. my kids are very good at waking me up if they get up before me or if i have fallen asleep by accident. like i said it usually isnt for that long but i am glad i have gotten them to wake me up so they dont do anything. one time i woke up in the morning to milk and eggs all over the kitchen floor. i was soooo mad at them but they helped clean it up and ever since then they started eaking me up. that is to cute i actually LOLed at the dipers on your head haha the stickers i am not so sure about lol i bet that was hard to get out of your hair lol yes anything and when i say anything that is what i mean. they could drop a glass nad break it on themselves. i mean yes they know what they are not suppose to do but without supervision kids get curious and they want to check out things they arent allowed to usually so i agree - WHY TAKE THAT CHANCE??