Busy Boy actually went to sleep on his own, around 9pm last night.
Thanks for all your support, it seems to be a common problem. We've never experienced it with Busy Girl, mainly because she's been awake since September, 1994.
I have no idea what's behind his troubles, if anything specific. I think night before last was aggravated by an errant glass of chocolate milk before bed.
He's also really got issues being alone at night. I thought they were getting better, but, it doesn't look like it. We unbunked his beds because he felt enclosed, and, that helped for a while.
He sleeps better in The Preschooler Formerly Known as Busy Baby's room, but, that's just a single bed, and, The Preschooler Formerly Known as Busy Baby usually ends up paying us an angry visit in the middle of the night, if we forget to move Busy Boy ("Will you pwease MOVE him?").
This may be one of those things I don't understand because I'm an only child, I never had the chance to sleep with anyone else in the room, but, I find myself getting a bit impatient with the whole thing.
I know I shouldn't, but, we'll both keep working at it. However, it's making the question of him going to camp this summer come up again.
For several reasons, we were ready to "just do it" (no, not against his will), but, this flare up is making it a question again.
The reasons for sending him to camp are probably more than I can adequately explain here, but, among them are the need to learn some self-reliance and personal responsibility. Busy Girl is always around to do things for him, and, if we hope to have him ever move out of the house as an adult, it's time for him to start doing a few things of his own accord.
No, seriously, we're NOT planning on sending him to camp if he doesn't want to go. He does want to go, but, he has some doubts, and, this sleep thing just makes things a bigger question.
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