Hello everyone. I have a 4.5 y.o. and an 18 mos. old. We recently left our home and their dad and are living with my mom on the other side of the country. We lived a TV-free and gentle discipline kind of life beforehand. Now my 4 year old is completely addicted to the TV and my mom keeps her TV on all day and night long.
So of course, my daughter never wants to sleep with me and throws a tantrum every single night for hours on end. Putting her to sleep is torture and makes it difficult to put my youngest to sleep as well.
I'm not sure if I should fight this or not. I try to give a full bedtime routine and it just doesn't work. I've started nursing her to bed again, but that still doesn't work. It keeps us all awake until up to 2am for them and for me between 5am and 11am still awake sometimes from the night before.
If I don't put her to bed with me, she runs up and down the halls of my mom's house all night long and goes to bed around 4am...I can hear her talking all night long and she frequently comes in to bother me, wake up the baby and do really obnoxious things for attention.
It's a downward spiral because if i have her in the room with me she goes to sleep around 2am and I go to sleep at 5am at the earliest...if I don't bring her in the room with me, she goes to sleep around 4am and I get sleep, but she wakes up and she's whiny all day long.
I'm really confused as to what to do about this...I need to have a certain schedule to work(from home) and this is throwing us all off track. I'm afraid her mental health is really suffering because of this....any advice appreciated.