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3 thoughts on “The Stubborn, Strong Willed & Determined Child”

  1. Don’t give up and be consistent. We have a very strong willed three year old and he doesn’t like to sleep in his bed but we have been consistent with him and it is getting better. When our son refuses to stay in his bed my husband or I sit right in front of his door until it gets quiet and he’s asleep. If he opens the door then we pick him up and place him back in his bed. Yes, sometimes it takes a few hours of us putting him back into his bed until he settles down but it is the only way.

  2. We let our son sleep with us if he wanted, until he was in Kindergarten (ahhahaha, Brandy, you have me admitting that out loud publicly!). Everyone told us not to do it, but he’s our last one and we didn’t mind. He still sleeps w/us every once in awhile on the weekends. But when he started Kindergarten, we told him big boys who go to school sleep in their own bed. We gave his toddler bed to his cousin and put in a bunk bed for the big day. And he slept in it like a charm, and still does. 🙂

  3. Oh I am with you – no way would I start my kid on “sleeping aids” at his age (or ever). I think it’s just part of the age. He’s being a little rebelous and I am sure it will pass. My 8 year old is going through something similar and I’ll head to bed at say 10 pm and he will still be awake in his room reading because he “didn’t feel like sleeping”. And this is almost every night, too. I know it will pass and I try to just let it go rather than make a huge deal out of it because I know if I do, that will just make it worse.

    You’re doing the right thing! Hang in there <3

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