James - posted on 10/23/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )
Our 5 yr old daughter will not go to bed on time or go to sleep. She gets in her pj's around 7.30ish after bath time and is ready for bed at 8pm. For the past three weeks she screams and shouts and bangs on her bedroom door to the point of bruising her hands. No matter what we do, stories, sit with her, talk to her etc it gets no better and she uses every excuse in the book, drink, toilet, phone nana, food, sit in lounge, watch tv., not tired. This is continuing constantly from 8pm to 2/3am in the morning. It wakes up our youngest daughter (3) who then thinks its playtime / breakfast. We have even resorted to putting the eldest in the car at 3am ish and driving round unitl she falls asleep, which usually takes about 15 mins., but when we return to the house and put her to bed she immediately wakes and wants to come in our room. She is then up at 5.30-6am or dead to the world and won't wake up for school. Luckily i work from home so can sometimes get rest during the day, but the wife works in the local town. Obviously this is beginning to wear us down and were walking round like zombies with a bad attitude. We'll try anything.