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Not wanting to sleep....
With Gabriel, not wanting to sleep on the afternoon is realy becoming quite a complex issue.

Clearly he NEEDS the sleep, especially when we doesn't sleep more ours at night.
Today he as even the 1st person to get up, in the morning.

So, by this hour, he is tired and needing to sleep for a few hours but he just decides he doesn't want nor needs it.

What to do then?
Just force him to sleep? This could seem to be an answer and sometimes might work but is not an answer, I know that.
He and everyone arround him (including his younger brother) just gets too stressed for the sleep do any good.
On the other hand, it's not possible to let him just go on with his way as the more tired he is the more instable and on the edge he is.

I just don't have an answer to this issue and I'm very much aware that any small victory is not a overwall victory at all and if he doesn't start realizing that he really NEEDS this sleep in the afternoon, things will only become more and more harder....

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Most kids start refusing (or not needing ) their afternoon sleep from about 3 or 4 yrs of age. Being a parent is definitely not easy and one of those problems is bad sleeping habits.

I really can sympathise with you, and I do hope that Gabriel grows up quicker. ( ;o) )

I was reading about his temper the other day and never got around to comment on it. Have you had him assessed at a doctor? There is a little boy at Jason's school that also had uncontrollable temper tantrums. He would scream at the slightest provocation and he'd do it for hours. He was diagnosed as having Tourette's Syndrome and now he's on medication and is a different boy.

The question is that clearlly he still needs the hours of sleep, in the afternoon.

We are now trying to get an appointment with a children's psycologist in order to heva a more throw study of his case as he has all the simptoms of an hyperactive child.

Lets see how it goes...

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