Wow you guys thanks!
Have you tried to run him ragged AFTER dinner?
Daddy gets home from work at around 8:30 at night. He misses the kids so baddly when he works, that we have dinner around 8:45 pm, with all of us together. Unfortunately, at 8:30 at night there aren't any parks open, so what we do is we have the kids footrace from one end of the house to the other. We have them do laps to see how many times they can do it, and we time them. It has done nothing but wind him up even tighter so hes harder to get to go down.
Quick q first -- what is your bedtime routine like?
Dinner, playtime with daddy, then teeth, a book with them in their beds and then lights off.
Maybe you can set a morning routine for him . . . . . . put a clock with big numbers by his bed. . . . . maybe with multiple alarms. . . . .
He's just turned 3 on april 4th. I dont think he can handle the abstract image of a clock corralating to an actual time of day. Its a great idea though for my 5 year old who is learning how to tell time!
The wilds of Africa sounds like a good place for a wild animal......
LOL Yeah, tell me about it!
Is he just-past-three or nearly-four? The older he is, the easier life will be. Does he have his own room? Are there any quiet pursuits he enjoys?
Well he has to share a room with his sister. we only have a 2 bedroom place right now. He turned 3 on april forth, so he is just turned 2. He likes his blocks, and he likes his trucks, expecially of he can bang them into things. One quiet morning I woke up with butterknives in the heater's floor vents. Daddy had forgotten to lock the silverware drawer that evening.
I just saw a program on how the outer most tolerance level of any human is 30 minutes when dealing with a whiney child. It is at this point that the parent, adult, babysitter must take at least 15 minutes off from being with the child, otherwise the parent might shake the child and injure it's neck or give it some other horrible malady.These are the proven responses and injuries that follow.A low tolerence person is 15 minutes max
Well, hes not whiney. Hes very happy and cheerful. Hes just also very determined and self reliant.
On a tad bit of an update, he started head start this week. Hes in the afternoon class from 1-4:30 pm. So hes getting ran ragged and falling asleep by 6. I've been trying to do 2 dinners, one for him and one for the rest of us. Simply because hes so tired at meal times. And because he has no ability to sleep in.
Well lately I have been having my 5 year old work with him just a little more, playing more with him, playing games with him ect and hes staying up a little later, and then he has been getting up on his own around 7 the last 2 days. So hopefully this is gonna work out afterall.
Its just takeing some trial and error to get it work itself out.
Thanks for all the help you guys!