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    Oh is this about turd o'clock?
    Ours is about 6-7pm.
    I change my mind and say not activities or books when they are going silly like that. We just let her run around in circles
    We have actually always had bathtime at 4pm

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    What if he had a 15-20 minute nap at 3:30 (if he really wants to). It may be enough to get him through the afternoon without it affecting his sleep time

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    My 4.5 year old daughter is often that way. I find it best to just leave her to it, and state things that need to be done in the most matter of fact and least confrontational way e.g. "In ten minutes, it'll be time to put sunscreen on and play outside" (if I'm insisting she play outside while I do dinner), then when it gets to it "it's sunscreen time, do you want to do it or shall I do it." Then get on with it.

    At that time of day, my DD usually plays with her toys by herself. Sometimes she'll ask for plays ouch/drawing things etc., or if she's getting really ratty I'll insist on outside time. Water/mud play keeps her occupied and focused longer than anything else.

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    Can you just leave him to play what ever he wants? Does it have to be an activity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    Can you just leave him to play what ever he wants? Does it have to be an activity?
    This. Leave him to his own devices. Childproof your house so she can't pull down or knock over anything that will injure him or get damaged. Or put a baby gate on a room where he can see you and you can contain him. Remove all breakables, fill it with pillows and blankets and balls and lego or building blocks, books and any other you he can play with independently.

    He will be safe. If he cries, so be it. If his crying sets your anxiety off, out some headphones in.

    Also either let him nap 10-15 minutes in the afternoon and put him to bed a half hour late or if he doesn't nap, put him to bed 1/2 - 1 hour earlier until he can stay up longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    Can you just leave him to play what ever he wants? Does it have to be an activity?
    This is what I would do to. I hate trying to focus on anything when I'm so tired. Maybe he's the same and just wants to do his own thing. Even if he's whingy it's no big deal really.

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