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don't know if this helps, but my 3yo son sometimes has similar issues with us changing things up on him.  for us, i don't see it as a power struggle. i see it as a situation that stresses him out, and a stressed out 3 year old isn't always good at staying calm. so we do what we can to keep the stress down and everyone calm.   if we know ahead of time that we'll be breaking routine, we give him as much warning as possible. so if we know the night before that daddy'll...
my son is 3 so i'm not sure if my methods apply.  he's generally good at hearing me out, but when he isn't it's usually because he's still upset so, as others mentioned, i wait until he's calmed down a bit. if  i'm feeling upset, too, i give myself some time, too. do some breathing. (i actually have him do breathing with me sometimes, which helps both of us.)  when we're both calm and ready, i sit down with him and talk with him about what happened and how he handled...
Thanks, all, for the thoughts and insights. lovepickles: I hadn't thought of telling him how I deal with nightmares. Thanks! I'm going to try that next time he has one. MrsGregory: I was prone to nightmares, too... And i'd forgotten about the dreams that just felt scary. SnapDragon: I wish that were an option... But there isn't enough room for his bed in our room. Thank you all again for the help! =)
hi. i'm new here and thought i'd jump right in with a question.    i have an almost-3-year-old son. he has never been a good sleeper. he co-slept with us until he was about 2, and even when he was with us, he'd wake a few times a night fussing. he's consistently woken a few times a night since moving into his own room, but it's been pretty clear that he's simply looking for reassurance when he calls for us.   lately, though, he's been having nightmares. he wakes...
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