I have a 2 y/o and a 7 m/o. My 2 y/o had been sleeping just fine in his toddler bed until we decided to move rooms around. After a couple of nights in his new room, he started fighting us. We moved him back into his old room trying to fix it, but now he is crying, screaming and beating on the door for over an hour and still wont go to sleep. Last night we got him to fall asleep on the couch and then moved him to his bed. Around midnight he woke up crying and beating on his door and I ended up sleeping on the couch with him. I would let him cry it out more if I didn't have my 7 m/o sleeping in the room next to him. I need some help PLEASE! I feel like we have lost control and I don't know how to get it back!
I agree with Mom2boyz. The kid is two and generally, at this age, they're learning to express their individuality and choices. Once I acknowledge that I'm the parent and he's the kid, feeling what he's supposed to be feeling and acting out as is age appropriate to his group, I would rediscover my unconditional love, patience, tolerance and prepare myself to lose a few hours sleep or learn to sleep lightly throughout his screams and door beating. I'd wear him down before I allow him to wear me down. I wouldn't bribe or spank him. He's gotta learn YOUR WORD IS LAW. He'll respect you better if you quietly demonstrate this rather than talk him to death.
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