I’ve learned from my parenting mistakes in an effort not to repeat them
I’m far from a perfect mom, just ask my family.
But I don’t have too many regrets when it comes to raising my daughters. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have some regrets. However, they pretty much only apply to my older daughter, who is now 4. In terms of my younger daughter, who just turned 1, I’ve made a real effort not to repeat these “mistakes” in order to establish more happiness and health, both physically and emotionally, this time around.
Here are 7 parenting mistakes I made with my older daughter that I’m trying to get a better handle on now with my youngest:
Loosey-Goosey Bedtime Hours
My older daughter used to eat dinner at 5:30 and go to sleep between 6 and 6:30. Then when she was about 16 months old, my mother-in-law came to stay with us and we kept her up later during that week. As it turns out, she never went to sleep early again. In fact, her bedtime kept creeping later and later. We didn’t mind at first because we enjoyed the extra twilight hours with her. That is, until we realized she wasn’t getting enough sleep at night, and by then it was too late and the die had been cast — she would not go to bed. She just turned 4 and only now do we have her on a something resembling a schedule again.
Lesson learned. Exceptions to bedtime are OK, but toddlers do well with routine, and when you break it once too often, you can pretty much kiss it goodbye.
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