I need help! 6 year old will not sleep through the night or say full words

Erin - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My boyfriends son is 6 and has a learning disability. He spends most of his time at his mothers house who does not take any time with him to help him learn. She believes in not correcting anything he does and thinks it is okay to let him call words in a shortened way like "p-p" for "pizza" or "mo-mo" for "motorcycle" or "gingy" for "ginger ale". It erks me like no other because of course when he comes to his dads house there is no hope in fixing it no matter how many times we practice going back in forth saying full words in 2 parts like "pi" "za" and he will say the two parts but as soon as you say "PIZZA!" he says "PP!" She lets him just watch tv and doesnt take time to let him burn off his energy. He comes to our house for 2 days every week (his dad works 95 hours a week) and has the biggest black circles under his eyes from lack of sleep but then doesn't sleep through the night ever. Even when they were together he was this way. He rarely takes a nap and at night he will get up 1000 times before he finally passes out at 12 - 1 am...then is back up by 5 if not a few times through out the night. Apparently he is like this at her house as well. Does anyone have any advice as to why he might be like this or how to help him in all aspects. He has a little brother who is almost two who is quickly learning the ways of his bigger brother and is saying words the same way and I don't want him to follow down that path. We are seeking daycare for him to get him around other kids.

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Erin - posted on 08/23/2012

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Thanks! I will look into the melatonin. If he could be home with him more he would ask for full custody. The problem is that he would have to be in school or daycare (both kids) and with the hours that he works it wouldn't work very well. She gets paid to do absolutely nothing but sit on her butt all day and eat food while they run around. She even slept through him going into the kitchen and taking everything out of it in the middle of the night. honestly. who does that?

Patricia - posted on 08/23/2012

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Could just be from the lack of parenting. It is sad, but you have the opportunity to help change things. I know 2 days is not much, but enough to get him the help he needs. I would get a second opinion on that adhd and add. Sounds like their is a deeper issue here that needs to be addressed. I am so sorry for the Dad working such long hours and getting no sleep.



They do have this natural melatonin that helps with falling asleep. You may want to try some for him. They come in chewable yummy flavors or liquid and is safe for use in children. Maybe your boyfriend needs to see if he can get custody of him.

Erin - posted on 08/23/2012

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The doctor said it was "add or adhd" and there's just no way. there has to be more to it. like maybe something happened to him when he was younger and his dad just doesn't know. the mothers family is kind of crazy. the dad is trying to get him in to see other specialist but it doesnt do anything for the child when the mother just sits on her butt all day and does nothing.

Dove - posted on 08/07/2012

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What do the boy's doctors say? I'm assuming he would be in speech therapy at the very least and it sounds like he should definitely be receiving other services as well.

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