I have to give credit to Mr. Yoy. He took Big E to his favorite train museum and they were about to close so they couldn't go in. Big E was so excited to see "The General" and Mr. Yoy had to come up with something fast or it was going to be a bloodbath. Mr. Yoy told Big E that "The General" was sleeping. Big E totally bought into that. He talked about the choo choo sleeping for the next few days. But more importantly, he left the museum peacefully.
Fast forward a few days and we were outside playing with the football. It was time to go in, which usually is a battle. All I had to say that the football was sleeping and he was fine with that. We went inside and he talked about the football sleeping. But, he didn't pitch a fit.
Wow, something so simple.
Bedtime has also been a challenge as of late. The last few nights I have told Big E that it was very late and Mrs. Yoy needed to go to sleep. He repeated back to me multiple times as I was tucking him in that Mommy was sleeping.
I left the room and didn't look back. I heard him talking for a few minutes, but then he was out. No screaming to be tucked in or to retrieve a stuffed animal he had hurled across the room.
This is amazing! I am going to use this to my full advantage. This is the first time I've been able to rationalize with him and I love it!