I cannot get my child to sit still for a book. He has never sit still for a book. He won't let me read it, turns the pages before they're done, gets up out of bed and finds another book for me to flip the pages of... He just won't sit and let me read him a book. I tried to get him to just look at the pictures with me, describe what's going on - not interested. I'm at my wits end. I was always a voracious reader as a child - my parents would read me tons of stories. I'm not saying that he'll never go anywhere in life because he won't sit still for a book, but I worry.It doesn't sound selfish at all. Some other things that might help:
- no TV in the evening.
- read to him a bunch. some kids will relax into sleepiness if you quietly read to them in bed for longer than normal.
- talk to him about it. very small kids understand more than we think. "we have to fix bedtime so that you can get enough sleep to be healthy." ask him if he has any ideas, and write down what he says, then include it in whatever you're doing to solve it.
Also, he doesn't seem to react when I speak to him about "stuff" unless it's post-punishment. When I try to engage him in conversation about something "important" or serious, he just kind of "whatever"s me.
I dunno - I just read everything you wrote and I'm like - I don't think these tactics would bode well with him. Not that I have a problem with his sleep - other than he won't sleep unless we go to sleep - but I have no problem going to bed at 8:30-9pm.