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Old 12-30-2012, 09:53 PM   #21
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Re: 3 year old discipline and sleep problems

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And the last two days we've done away with naps and taken her to the park for several hours. She has been going to bed at 7ish and without any fuss. Food has been less of a struggle as well. Who knew cutting out the naps would make it so much easier!
It's certainly not always the answer, but worked wonders around here too! DD1 was DONE with naps at 3, and we were all much happier without them. We still have a 'chill' time after lunch where we relax.


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Old 12-31-2012, 07:34 AM   #22
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Well I'm curious to see what this week will bring as we are still on winter break and DH needs to work. I'll be at home alone with her and 40+ weeks preggo. :P hopefully I can keep her properly entertained!
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Re: 3 year old discipline and sleep problems

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I think this has been my hardest struggle. Being this preggo, having Ayla home for winter break, trying to keep the house in order, prepping for the home birth. My positivity is lacking as is my patience.
Personally, when I am at my wits end, I find taking a breather is so worth it.

My DD is 2.5 and has been exhibiting the same issues you are asking about since she turned 2. When she gets to be a handful, I put her in her room with music or a movie. It is something I have always done. I call it quiet time. Sometimes we both need a moment to focus. It sure does help with the return of my patience. Chose whatever method works best for you, but take the time to catch your breath. Doing that is just as important as feeding your child. Being the best you you can be cannot be understated as a value.

Someone asked about tips for getting a child to go from the crib (or your bed) to their own bed. Even though we are AP parents and we co-slept, I highly recommend making the switch early. Our LOs are close together so DS had to move to his own bed early to make room for co-sleeping with DD. We just didn't think we could have two kids in our bed safely.

We started moving him over at 6mos thinking he'd take a while to like the idea. Turns out he loved it. I was so sad. I wasn't expecting to lose him to his own bed until he was closer to 1yr, but there was no going back when he suddenly was mostly STTN once he was in his own bed.

DD moved over at 10mos and she took to it just fine. She was happy to share a room with her brother. She loved it.

There is something to be said about doing it before they develop a firm sense of what they want. It may be too late for most people here, but maybe somebody will read this and start earlier too. I highly recommend it. Though for us, we got two full sized beds off of Freecycle so the transition was even easier in that we could sleep with them in their beds when we needed to. They never had those toddler beds and my back thanks us for it.

As for the picky eating, just know your child will never starve herself. Don't worry if she eats a good meal at one moment, and then practically nothing at the next. It seems to be what 2-3yos do. Good luck with withholding food she loves until she eats food you want her to eat. If she is anything like mine, she'll gladly turn you down. Mine couldn't care less if they don't get something they want as long as they don't have to be bothered with what they don't want. Some days the fight is worth, but for most it's not.

Good luck. This phase will pass soon enough.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:32 PM   #24
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Re: 3 year old discipline and sleep problems

We have the same problems and I'm not pregnant and it still drives me crazy. I love my daughter but Christmas break reminds me why I'm not a SAHM.

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #25
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Re: 3 year old discipline and sleep problems

Three year olds are very oppositional.

Only say what you mean, and mean what you say. Think before saying "no" or "Eat", or whatever. Is it really important? If not, don't get into the power struggle with her, because you will just lose.

Three year olds love and want choices. "Do you want mommy to open the door? Or do you want to do it?" "Do you want the red pants? Or the yellow pants?"

If it's a deal breaker, stick to your guns no matter what. Eventually, she will learn that you are serious about this issue, but, are willing to negotiate all other issues.

Meltdowns are normal too. They have so much information going in, and not as much coming out, that it's overwhelming. So, they just meltdown. Patiently wait it out without coddling, and try to chill out yourself for a while.

I was never into co-sleeping, so I have no advice on that subject.
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