Join Date: Feb 2002
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My twin girls will be 15 this June 8th! They have an older sis who's 2 and 1/4 years older, so I know how it is. (and a bro, 8 years older, and a sis 11 years older, but I digress)
I LOVE 2 yo's. I love the NOnonononononono thing. Weird huh?
Anyway. He does sound tired, and NO is a great word at this age. However, telling you what's wrong is probably beyond him, he may not know. Or be able to say. Your asking him is just overloading his already exhausted and irritated system. WHile two choices are often the way to go, sometimes, just having mommy carry you upstairs and tuck you in and cuddle is better.
I always put all three of mine down at once. (DH was on homework patrol) DD#3 would lie down and snugggle with whatever part of me she could, while the other two nursed themselves to bliss.
Try echoing him. "Oh, ds is saying NO, he doesn't want to go to bed! I hate going to bed sometimes too. But I love Goodnight Moon. Lets' read it." Avoid asking him if he wants to. If he says no, try just continuing on, get the book or whatever,etc. Or just say "oh, daddy's going to put you to bed tonight. I love you!"
Try choices during the day, while he's feeling good. This won't last! Also, when he gets up, I'd try to put him back down quickly and matter-of-factly. No snacks or talks. It just winds them up.
BTW, GD is NOT my specialty!