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Friday, September 3, 2010


So I have a problem Nathaniel, almost 3 year old is sweet, funny, intelligent, loving, determined, sneaky, energetic little boy... None of these things are the problem. Just a very few descriptive words about him.

Here is the issue... 
This kid can be absolutely beyond tired and will NOT go to bed. 
It's crazy. 
He will drag it out as long as possible. He will be staggering, running into the wall tired and yet he will not give in.
The more we desire it the harder he fights. This is just his nature. Nate by far is the most determined person I have ever met. His Father and I laugh from time to time about this because we know this huge part of his personality with carry him far in his life. Nathaniel through this trait will be the best at whatever he chooses.

We pray that he uses it for something Good and not to be the best Bank Robber alive. Kidding of course.

But seriously, anyone who has been around this child will tell you. That when he gets something in his brain he obsesses about it. His desire like all children is to win.. to get his way. But he takes it always to the mat. I know there are others like him out there. Trust in me when I say this is not the run of the mill child desires. When he sets his mind it's locked.
So how to change his mind? Because this 12 midnight running back and forth all ours is NOT WORKING!!!!

He is driving us crazy!!!
 How to get this kidlet down to bed for the night without 1,000 drinks, hugs, books, etc?...
He's the Master Negotiator... I can hardly wait to see who he'll be.
All I know is ... He'll be great.

Open for suggestions....

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  1. This is probably one you've tried since I know I've read it various places, but have you tried the "egg timer" trick? Where you tell him to wait for the timer before he gets out of bed for more drink/hugs/potty breaks? Then you start putting the timer at a really short amount of time so he knows it WILL go off, and you gradually increase it.

  2. LOL- I have one of those types as well... What we did with Aydan was put him to bed. Everytime he got up, I picked him up and put him back in bed not saying a word. Eventually he got the hint. With Landan- we baby gated him in the room because he would just wonder out like he forgot what he was suppost to be doing.

  3. The only thing I can say is "This, too, shall pass". Make sure he's not eating anything "stimulating" before he goes to bed (at least 2 hours before). Sit with him and read a book. Then make sure you tell him that after the book, he MUST go to bed and sleep. No if's and's or but's. Keep a routine as well. It's trying but they get the idea after awhile.


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