How to handle aggression in my little boy

Prabina - posted on 09/16/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My sons is 2 and half years old. He is usually well behaved and happy child, however for last 3/4 months I have been having a huge challenge to put him to bed. He just refuses to sleep, so the bed time ritual becomes battle field, eventually making it almost impossible for him to fall asleep. I start the bed time routine at around 9 but he could go to sleep earliest is 11 pm. Last two weeks have been worse, he could sleep only at or after midnight. One big consequence of this is that he becomes very aggressive during our battle to put him to sleep. I also get irritated and would lose temper so I would scold him or shout at him. He also reacts with aggression - he hits me, punches me or get himself on the floor crying out loud. I am unable to understand both the disputations (sleep problem and anger) and need help to deal with it. Please suggest!!!

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Chet - posted on 09/16/2014

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Bedtime can be worse when children are overtired. Sometimes it helps to start bedtime earlier.

You might need to rework your bedtime routine to suit your son's needs too. One of our children had a really, really hard time winding down at the end of the day. As a toddler it was hard to get her to stay still long enough to fall asleep. For awhile, we had to take her for a walk in the stroller every evening with a blanket over it.

Can you rock your son at bedtime? Will he lay still for stories? Will he lay still if you lay down with him and listen to muisc? Does a bath calm him down or wind him up? Try to think of things you can do to keep him still (but not TV).






My sons is 2 and half years old. He is usually well behaved and happy child, however for last 3/4 months I have been having a huge challenge to put him to bed. He just refuses to sleep, so the bed time ritual becomes battle field, eventually making it almost impossible for him to fall asleep. I start the bed time routine at around 9 but he could go to sleep earliest is 11 pm. Last two weeks have been worse, he could sleep only at or after midnight. One big consequence of this is that he becomes very aggressive during our battle to put him to sleep. I also get irritated and would lose temper so I would scold him or shout at him. He also reacts with aggression - he hits me, punches me or get himself on the floor crying out loud. I am unable to understand both the disputations (sleep problem and anger) and need help to deal with it. Please suggest!!!

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