I really hoped at 4.5 we would be past the "i'm not going to bed' phase. My DD is absolutely driving me insane at bedtime. She is so good during the day, but come bedtime it always ends badly.
She has the same routine every night. She gets to watch one show while I put the baby to sleep and then we read her bedtime book. We will sit on her bed and talk about our plans for the next day, tell all the puppies goodnight, and then the light goes out and all HE** breaks loose. Take tonite for instance, she has gotten out of bed 15 times for absolutely no reason. She can't even tell me why she got up. I will calmly ask her to go get back in bed but she just stares me down. And its an angry glare. I don't understand where it comes from.
Now, let me add that my DH is an ER resident and works really odd hours. She will sometimes do this when he is here, but it is always 100x worse when he is working. I am completely at my wits end with her. I just took her back to her room again and she is screaming bloody murder. I even 'shut the house down.' All the lights are out and my bedroom door is shut so it is completely dark. I have tried spanking her, taking her nighttime things away, and canceling our plans for the next morning. I don't know what else to do. NOTHING is working!!!!
Have any of you experienced this before? Any suggestions on how I can correct this behavior before I loose my mind!!!????
Thanks so much!Jenn