Whether you believe in co-sleeping or not (and we don't) kids will find a way into their parent's bed. About once a week Andy will try to weasel his way in. While I love him dearly, nobody sleeps well when all of us, including the dog, are sharing the space. Typically Andy will wander in sometime during the middle of the night. Sometimes I wake up for it, sometimes not, but after he goes back to sleep Brian will take him back to bed. Lately he has been asking to sleep with us, not even wanting to go to sleep in his room. He pulls out all the stops too. I know that most parents deal with this issue, so we certainly aren't unique, however, I just might be a genius in how I handled it.
Last night I was heading to bed early, and he was still fighting bedtime and had taken up residence in my bed with me and Molly. Brian was done reasoning with him and headed for his office. I turned out the light and decided not to fight it either. Then, amazingly enough, an absolutely brilliant idea popped into my head. I began to purposely snore; really, super annoying loud, fake snoring. After about 4 snores, all while trying to keep from laughing, I heard Andy get out of bed and stomp out of my bedroom. I heard him stop in the office to complain to Brian about my snoring, then off to bed he went, and where he stayed for the rest of the night.
See? Pure genius! So, if you, too, suffer from an over-crowded bed, you may want to give this a try. You just might thank me in the morning!