I’m sure I am not the only person who has gone through this but I am at my wits end with my 7 year old Son. Up until a fortnight ago he has been a straight A student (in academy programs) with basically perfect behaviour at school. At home he was a pretty typical child. A fortnight ago this all changed. He has gone from a boy who has slept through the night since he was 6 months old to a boy who is lucky to sleep 2-3 hours a night. He will go to bed and then by 10pm he is up telling us he can’t sleep and if we put him back to bed he screams like it’s the end of the world. To let everyone else sleep i will get up with him and it’s at least 4am before he will go back to bed then it’s up at 6am for school. since we have given him a meditation app to listen to before bed he will now go to sleep but still gets up a number of times a night to see me. thankfully he goes back to bed but the quality of sleep he is getting is not great. Now at school he has been in trouble with the teacher/principal and had detention 3 days out of the last 4. when we ask him why/what’s going on all we get is ‘i don’t know’. We have taken things away from him, given him punishments, rewarded him on good days but it’s so out of the norm for him and I am hoping to get some advice from others that may have been through this. Nothing in our life has changed to disrupt him. If anything I have taken 6 weeks off work to be a stay at home mum while the kids settle back into school Sorry for the long winded story but to say we are lost and frustrated is an understatement. thanks.
Posted anonymously, 6th March 2014