Ellen - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
Oh my God I can't believe what just happened. I always put my 2.5 yr old and 9 mo old to sleep at the same time by lying down in the middle of them but tonight the baby just wouldn't settle and kept screaming and trying to get out of bed. So my toddler gets fed up, lightning fast, gets up and hits her! I tell him 'no, what a terrible thing to do, you don't hit others' but the baby keeps screaming so after a while the toddler hits her again, and I lose it and throw him off her into his bed but by accident he hits his head on the wall, hard, and starts screaming too. :( I feel SOOOO bad. I shouldn't have used force at all but after 30 mins of unsuccesfull putting them to sleep and baby screaming, I'd had it! I didn't mean for him to hit his head, I only meant to separate them because I was afraid he was going to attack her, he was right on top of her but poor little guy, I shouldn't have thrown him like that. Any tips on what to do in the future, other mommies?? I normally would have walked away when I knew I was reaching my limit but bedtime was already way past and I didn't want to let my toddler control the situation by letting him stay up, too (he loves that). Finally handed off the baby to my husband and had a talk with my son about how you don't hit others and how I was sorry I only meant to separate him, and sorry he hit his head by accident in the process and he was fine after and didn't appear too hurt, went to bed. My husband by the way is willing to help with all of this but the kids don't accept him as the person to tuck them in, never have, they just scream and don't let eachother sleep up and it isn't worth it ... thanks for listening and for any tips on how to make bedtimes easier.