4 year old going to bed?

Amanda - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My husband has recently been switched to the night shift and my 2 girls go to sleep just fine but my 4 year old son has recently started crying whenever it's time for him to go to bed. I still do the same night time rituals as before so why is he not wanting to go to sleep now that daddy isn't home, is he afraid something will happen to his daddy? Is it wrong for me to call my husband just so my son can talk to him for a few minutes each night? I've actually called him a few times and it seems to help my son to go to sleep but I feel like calling him is like I'm nagging at him when in all reality I'm only doing it because it soothes my son apparently. Could someone help me figure our a different way to make my son fall asleep with no problem?

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Amanda - posted on 03/03/2010

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Thank you so much at least I know I'm not the only one who has these issues. My husband totally understands why I'm calling him, he knows that I do not call to talk to him until after they go to sleep so I can talk without having to fight them for the phone.

Christy - posted on 03/02/2010

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When my husband works nightshift our three year old will always have a harder time falliing asleep. She likes to be ables to see him before she goes to bed. I don't see anything wrong with having your son talk to his father before bed. If your husband doesn't mind and understands the reason behind the phone calls. However, if it is a problem try to get your husband to record some of your sons favorite books on tape that you could play for him at bedtime. A friend of mine did this for her kids when her husband had to go overseas for about six months. She would play his tapes at nap time and at bedtime and it would help the kids to fall asleep.

Cheryl - posted on 03/02/2010

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I don't think there is anything wrong with calling him, as long as he answers, my girls go nuts if they get the message, they don't like that at all so I text him and ask him to call us when he is working late or out of town when they start missing him, If it soothes him then just do it or have him draw or paint a picture this gets their feelings out and painting is VERY soothing at night. I will also let them go to sleep with me and when Daddy gets home he puts them in their bed and they love that, but be aware it kids are creatures of habit it will be a habit until they don't feel the need anymore to do so, sometimes a good massage works great as well. I also use the night time fairy which is if they go to bed on time and no getting up or crying at night the bed fairy leaves them a little something under their pillow, it works wonders on those hard nights of course there is also the nap fairy that I love.....Good luck

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