Looking for advice on children

Specifically, on what to do about my (I swear) demon-possessed child. Sammie (Twin B, Little Miss I Don’t Believe In Sleep, not the twin in the picture above) has never been quiet about bedtime. She routinely wails at the bedroom door (there’s a gate that’s supposed to block her in) for about 20 minutes and then settles in.

That all changed this week. Suddenly, she goes on for at least an hour. One night, she absolutely refused to wear a diaper (throwing it out in the hall a couple of times) and to get her to sleep, we ended up just dealing with the bed in the morning.

This culminated in last night’s explosion. She was pissy all evening to start, and when bedtime rolled around it was on. An hour of screaming. This hour also involved the discovery that she can climb over the gate (the bar she uses to get into the room is on the far side). Even lifting the gate up to add another inch or two to block her didn’t work. Oh no, she just tossed a pillow and blanket onto the floor outside her room to cushion her when she fell off as she climbed over.

Points for being innovative. Points lost for learning how to escape. More points lost for teaching Twin A to do the same. ::groan:: And Jackie just wanted to go to sleep. Earlier this week, I swear as Sam was melting down, I saw Jackie roll her eyes at me about the drama queen’s hissy fit. She’s two. She should not know how to roll her eyes already.

End result? To let poor Jackie get some sleep, I ultimately brought Sam out and held her for an hour. This initially pissed Jackie off, but she settled in and went to sleep pretty quickly. I also thought Sam might be getting a cold so I gave her children’s benedryl (I’ve gotten doctor okay to use a little on them when they’re stuffy).

Finally got her to sleep. I had to sit in the room after I transferred her to bed to be sure she settled in for about five minutes, but finally, after nine, she was out.

I can’t do that every night, but I don’t know what to do about it.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Oh – and Jackie’s almost potty training. She’s to the point where she’ll go on the toilet if you put her there, and lord knows that girl has bladder control (she stopped in mid-stream when I caught her going on the carpet -there’s a story there), and she can go all night without peeing her diaper. Yay! Now we just need to teach her how to tell us she needs to go.

And deal with the demon-child who gets pissy if she doesn’t get to sit on the potty too. No matter she doesn’t do a thing on it, but if sissy sits there, she has to too. ::groan::

And now, just ’cause I can, a picture of the twins together. 🙂 Demon child is the dark haired one.

Now, I ask you. How can anyone that sweet and innocent looking be such a hellion???!

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1 Comment

  1. Aw, Tory, I feel your pain. I read to my kids every night, left a night light on and did everything I could. I had one that screamed and cried every night and we ended up having to close the door and hook it from the outside. He'd cry for 10-15 minutes, then fall asleep on the floor by the door. It was difficult to get in and put him to bed, but after a few nights of that, he learned to go to bed.At 2 yrs old they're trying to push their boundaries, becoming independent. They don't call it the terrible twos for nothing. LOL If possible, put Sam to bed earlier so when Jackie is tired, she can go to bed to sleep. The main thing is to stay calm yourself and deal with it the best you can. Act…don't react, and always be firm. Take heart, they do grow out of it.Here are a few links that may help, although you've probably been that route.http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/bedtime_basics.html#cat146http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/temper.html#cat146http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/tantrums.html#cat146Best of luck. 🙂

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