Quoting Rette Mich:" She has to be...thats just horrible parenting! OP It just depends, if he seems truly upset then Ill let him stay up for a bit. If not I just read to him or rub his back till he goes back to sleep."
I tried the whole back rub and reading a book thing but it didn't help. He seemed tired in the beginning, and still does, but he isn't sleeping. He's not misbehaving or anything, he's just lying in his bed awake. Earlier he kept asking for the lights to be on and wasn't happy when I said no but that's the worse thing he's done.
Normally I'll let him play for a bit or lie down and watch TV, but I thought this might get him back to bed faster.
It's so frustrating. If he goes to bed before midnight these last like two weeks, he wakes up like this. I just keep telling myself it's good practice for when the new baby gets here.