My son is 2½ years old and he thinks he's figured out a smart trick to avoid having to sleep. Our responses sometimes work, and sometimes they don't. Even when they work, it's time-consuming and prevents us from our evening tasks or whatever we do after he's gone to sleep.
What are effective ways of not letting his tricks succeed?
A while after he's gone to bed, he will sometimes demand another pacifier, or a drink of water. Very loudly. If we deny it, there's no end of tears and cries, so he usually gets his request, but only once.
A while later, he might demand some oatmeal (his favorite breakfast). We never grant him that but explain that he'll get some in the morning, after he has slept, which mostly works. Or he wants one of us to stay with him, which we then often do for a few minutes.
I'm sure his next invention will be to demand to use the potty, which we would also have a hard time denying.
... I have a feeling that we're too soft because too many of his blackmail attempts succeed. But I don't have the energy to cope with the crying, yelling, and an extra hour of not sleeping that always follows when we deny his requests. Also, noise travels quickly to his room because we live in an apartment. He gets active when he hears a TV or my typing on the keyboard although I try to be quiet.
This has to change. Suggestions welcome!