I am now officially a "single mom" and I am having trouble at bedtime with my son. He is one who will fight sleep until it is impossible or he is forced to slow down. At bedtime, I have started the BAD habit of laying with him...I know, I know. Bad Mom! He went from a crib to a queen size bed. However, the nightly beating I take of him kicking, sometimes hitting, games of steamrolling, eye poking, etc, are taking their toll. I cannot resort to spanking him/yelling EVERY night, but yet if I leave the room, he just comes out after me. I need some help.
I've tried reading him stories, having him watch his suffed animals so they don't "escap", I've tried sitting on a chair...sometimes the chair works, sometimes it doesn't. I've left him in his room and he has cried himself to sleep a few times-but this was only when he'd stay in the room. Aside from putting a gate up in the doorway I'm not sure what else to do. Help!