Bedtime Struggles


    Bedtime Struggles

    My teenager loves to . So much so that he will avoid overs, lock-ins, even camp-outs if he thinks it will disturb his . His bed is like a big cloud – special pillows, a featherbed, heavy blankets. Simply put, is his favorite time.

    But this wasn’t always the case…

    As a toddler, took at least an hour. He didn’t want to let go of the day. A schedule ed. It went something like this: Bath, brush , a book or three in the rocking chair, rocking a bit after the book, gather up lovies (silky, passy, Teto the turtle),tuck boy and lovies into bed, soft music playing (Bela Fleck, his favorite) with nightlight on,hopefully came quickly.

    If he did get to in a timely fashion, he didn’t always stay a. At about 3:00am, we would hear him gathering up all the lovies (“packing up” as my husband called it) and thumping out of bed. Then the little footsteps headed into our room. With a tall husband and pregnant mommy in our queen sized bed, he just did not fit. Plus, we all know what it’s like to have toddler wedged between two in the bed – not cool. So that’s when we came up with the idea of the nest.

    The nest was a big duvet folded over like a ing bag on the floor by our bed. We would proactively set up the nest every night and tell him that he could there if he got up in the middle of the night. He agreed and it was a win-win. He was closer to us but not in the bed with us.

    struggles run the gamut between really difficult and just inconvenient. A routine or schedule does . A deprived toddler (or adult, for that matter) can be a really nasty creature. So how do you deal with this? What is your schedule? Have you had to get creative, a la “the nest”?

    Let Them Fly!


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