Hi everyone, Pleased to see there is a parents forum here, ace. We have 2 children - a 7 year old Daughter and an 18 month old son. The bedtime routine for both has always been a priority which we have stuck to. Each night, our son gets taken up for a few stories and his milk. Occasionally he will sleep right through and other times he will wake for another bottle. Once asleep he is then put in his cot. The trouble is, about every other night he wakes at 2am and doesn't go back to sleep. We sit with him on our lap in the quiet, dimly lit room and he just sits with his eyes open. As soon as you place him in his cot, he literally screams the house down. We don't let that happen as at that time, its not good for the rest in the house or our neighbours. He just does not want to be left. The other issue then, is that he is tired through the day and wrecks everything and bugs his sister - pulling at her hair, pinching, biting, etc. Soon as you tell him off he just laughs and thinks it a game. We do not wish to resort to smacking. Even now, he is tired but if we put him for a nap now he wont sleep later (he had a nap at 1pm today). He loves his cuddles and needs alot of attention of which he gets. I am sure this will pass, but at the moment it just all feels like 1 continuous day for us all. He is amazingly energetic. We consider ourselves good parents who beleive in routines - but at the moment we both feel like we are going wrong somewhere! Another issue is that help in books is so contradicting. Smack them/dont smack them. Allow them in your bed/don't allow them in your bed. Any advice/words of support appreciated, we don't have friends with children!