Kari - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
My problem is that my son does not like to go to bed. At all. Ever. I've struggled with him since his brother was born 3 years ago. I don't think his brother coming along made him this way, but it certainly didn't help. We try to get them both into bed around 8 every night, and asleep by 8:30. The biggest problem is that they share a room, and now the youngest one is turning to oldest one's patterns. I asked him tonight why he didn't like going to bed and he said it's boring. All he wants to do is stay up and play, even when he's dog tired. When he was just starting to walk, he didn't like naps, and literally would go until he just fell over asleep in the floor.
I've tried time outs, no caffiene at all all day, taking things away, and threatening to throw his toys out. The only thing that ever seems to work is if we threaten to not let him go with us the next day if we know we're going somewhere. He also has a bad problem with not listening to us, even when he's looking right at us when we say something. All I know is that it's driving me absolutely bonkers! Anyone have any suggestions for me as to how we can get him to like bedtime and go to bed when he's supposed to? he's starting kindergarten this fall and will have to get up early to catch the bus. I really don't want to have to seperate the kids if I don't have to, but I fear that is the only way that this might end. What do you think?