My little monster…

After raising a wonderful little boy for two and a half year, we have now been given a monster for the past few weeks.

It started around Christmas, with all the sleeping issues caused by late nights and visitors. But it never quite came back. Our son wouldn’t nap anymore. Or when he would, he would then get up 20 times after we put him to bed, until 9 pm, and since he would still wake up at 6 am the next day, he was exhausted. So we stopped the nap, and for a few days it worked beautifully, he would sleep from 7:30 to 7:30 and be reasonably rested. But it didn’t last. Now he wakes up at 6 or 6:30, and he still won’t sleep when we put him down for a nap. We have been trying to put him to bed earlier, but we’re having a really hard time getting supper ready, then eaten early enough to put our boy to bed at 7, especially with my crazy Olympic schedule. So he has been exhausted for a few weeks.

I know that he can’t help it because he needs more sleep, but the results are so annoying that it’s hard to remain calm and composed. The phrase we have been hearing most often lately is “I don’t want to!”. He doesn’t want to walk, he doesn’t want to go pee, he doesn’t want to go home, he doesn’t want to eat,  he doesn’t want to go to bed… There is no reasoning, he has fits of crying for absolutely no reason, and my joyful little boy seems to have completely disappeared.

Of course, he’s also at the age when he would oppose us anyway, and he’s probably too young for complicated reasoning. But it used to be so easy! He used to at least want to please us a little bit. Now if I tell him not to do something, he’ll do it. Systematically.

I’m sure that sleeping well would solve at least part of the problem. But how do you force a child to sleep?

One Response to “My little monster…”

  1. Anne Says:

    I never found out how to do it, and it’s still a problem.