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4 year old bedtime bad behaviour

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busymom100 Fri 13-Jun-14 03:03:21

My son has always been good at bedtime. He would sometimes take a while to get to sleep (of course) and would sometimes come out of his room, but generally went to sleep quietly and well. I moved to North America a few years ago when he was a baby, and recently went back home to the UK to visit my family. I took my ds with me (without my husband) for 2 weeks. The first few days he was very jet-lagged and went to sleep really well. After that, and for the rest of the time there, he was a nightmare going to bed. He would run out and scream at me, throw the contents of the room out, including his mattress, hit and kick me - you name it, he did it. He was like a different child. Eventually it would end each night, with him sobbing and me going in and being able to talk to him and calming him down. He would immediately go to sleep - flat out. Obviously it was being tired, and the jet lag was like no tired he had ever felt before. As soon as we came back he stopped doing it. I think being back in his familiar surroundings, with his Dad, and back on his normal time was a relief for him. Fast forward 3 weeks of good behaviour and he has just done the same thing again with me tonight. I don't think he's THAT tired - he may be a bit, but nothing like before.

Is this a phase that he will grow out of? We have the same routines each night, and always have done, and I haven't been giving him juice before bed for a long time.

Has anyone else's 4 year old done this? I hate the day having to end in a bad way, it sucks sad

Iggly Fri 13-Jun-14 21:30:16

Try earlier bedtime?

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