Bedtime has been an issue for the last week or 2. DS has been whinging at bedtime, procrastinating etc, whining about how it's not fair and how he wants to stay up with us.
I really don't think he's that hard done by. His bedtime is usually 7.30pm - I think that's fair for a 4 year old. DH extended it to 7.45pm but then we had to drop it back when he started misbehaving.
We have tried a reward chart. We have tried explaining that his body needs rest so he will have energy for the next day. We don't know what else to do.
Tonight we resorted to smacking, banning tv for tomorrow and banning him attending 3yr old kindy on Thursday. And still he kept coming out. He has just cried himself to sleep with his door locked shut.
I don't want to smack him again - it wasn't an angry smack, it was one given with a warning first of what was going to happen and why (Mummy and Daddy don't know what else to do to teach you when nothing else has worked) but I still don't want to smack really.
Does anyone have any bedtime tips? He has a bath at around 6.15pm, then stories or quiet play. His brother goes to bed at 7pm then we play boardgames or card games with him or read more stories to him - it's not like we just leave him to watch tv by himself or anything. He gets at least 30mins of time with just us.
I know this is long but I am so despondant at the moment - I really don't know what to do. Any tips appreciated, or any comments on his bedtime if you think it's too early for his age.