Leslie - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My 4yo stepdaughter has been having some major behavior problems recently, and I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this (because I certainly did not go through this with my son, who is now 5 1/2).
For the most part she maintains very well during the day- we do have a few instances of lying, whining, disobeying, but nothing that really seems to out of the ordinary, but the problems start at bedtime. For the last 3 nights I have asked both her and my son to get ready and get in the bed (pjs, potty, etc.) and while he complies she doesn't. If she does happen to actually go to bed she will get up numerous times to go back to the bathroom, then after that she will come into our room a few times because she "forgot to tell us something", after telling her again to go to bed she will go into a complete meltdown- kicking, screaming, crying that can last up to 4 hours (thank goodness it was only 1 1/2 tonight). If you put her back in the bed, she will get back up or lay there and scream as loud as she can. We have tried time-outs, taking things away, ignoring her tantrums, etc. and NOTHING works. This past week that we have had her she has also been overly aggressive with her siblings (pushing them down, pinching) and again it is usually at bedtime because "they were in her way". We do have scheduled naps during the day, but even with those, she will lay in the bed, but will not go to sleep. Has anyone experienced this or anything similar?