I recently read this advice column. A parent is struggling to get her daughter to sleep in her own bed, but that’s just the beginning of the story. Not only does she get up and go into her mom’s room, she orders her Dad out, then pulls her mom’s hair until she goes to sleep. Then she proceeds to wake up from 3:30 to 7:30, when she falls asleep like a baby. And then her mom has to wake her up so she can go to work.
This sounds like a nightmare.
Now, my kids are definitely not the easiest at bedtime and they don’t automatically just go to sleep in their own beds. At this point, Shnook still wants one of us to lie down with him until he falls asleep. My husband has no problems doing this because he just falls asleep with the Shnook. It’s a bit harder for me considering the sooner I get the kids to bed, the sooner I can start work. You know, writing. For your entertainment! So only very occasionally can I just fall asleep with the Shnook, which can create problems because some nights I need to get up and work before he falls asleep, otherwise I don’t get to go to bed until one a.m. (and wake up at six or seven, with at least one or two wake-ups in between). Unfortunately, some nights I end up staying in bed with him for an extra long time, because if I don’t, he’ll just cry and cry and cry. Oy, the manipulation.
Has anyone had a toddler who does something like this? What did you do?
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