Seriously messed up to me but here goes. Sil and bil are staying at our house because they just moved to this area. He started his job yesterday she starts hers Friday. Their kids are 4yr old girl and almost 2yr old boy. Boy sleeps in a pack and play because the crib is still packed. Here is their nightly routine. (Same as before they moved they say) boy goes to bed at 7:30(up at 6 am with a nap between 11 and 1) first he yells for them, they ignore for about a half hour. Then he screams. Loudly. High pitched screams and crying. After he does this for about 15 minutes, they know its time. One of them, usual bil, goes in , flips him on his belly and spanks him! He completely stop screaming and cries for a minute then falls asleep. So tonight,sil is sick with strep and bil wants to go to bed early too so to cut things short, he spanks 2yr old the first time he yells for them. Baby goes right to sleep.They say they've tried everything. Patting his back, telling him no, letting him stay up later, bed earlier. Saturday I told them to try ignoring him to see how long he would scream. Sil went in and spanked him at 12:30am! Its not a full out butt whooping, just one or 2 swats to his diaper but to me, that's just nuts! Any ideas? Tips?
Eta : I've never seen them spank either kid any other time.
Its not a hard smack but not really a pat. He's already crying/Screeching when they go in. He's such a happy little guy most of the time but he hates going to bed at night.. gee I wonder why.