We've been having nightly 3 and 4 hour battles to get DS (3 yrs old) to sleep. They occasionally involve some yelling and the stress and tension gets really high. I know intellectually where his brain development is, but I just want to make him understand that if he doesn't go to bed, Mommy and Daddy are going to go crazy. We have a routine. It's not set in stone, but it was working for awhile--bath, dinner, brush teeth and pjs, maybe one tv show. We were using tv way too much and we've cut waaaay down, which also seemed to help for a while. But now it's just.. .a power struggle. Every night. I do what I can to stay calm, to not be the one out of control. Sometimes that backfires because he doesn't think I'm serious anymore. And then i question using force to keep him in bed, because it's not really a lesson I want him to learn--that bigger people can control him.
I feel like it's probably a phase, and this morning DH got him out of bed early to make sure he's ready for bed at a reasonable hour (our schedule has been off as well). Can anyone just tell me it gets better? To keep on with being as gentle as possible because it's worth it?