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Ever been in this situation: you are enjoying some much-needed afternoon peace and quiet and can’t quite bring yourself to wake up your three year old from her nap?   You let her go a bit longer than usual and later when bed time rolls around, your child is too wired to close her eyes?  Or this one:  you are driving home from a short jaunt to the grocery store and your child nods off in the car seat for 5 minutes, causing them to pass up their afternoon nap and denying you your chill time?

Knowing your kid’s ideal sleep schedule and actively sticking to it is one of the often overlooked aspects of parenting. (more…)

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Like many parents, I have tucked my children into bed only to have them come out of their room minutes later for all manner of reasons, real and invented.  Forgot to pee.  Thirsty.  Itchy pajamas. Fan too loud. Bug in room.  Monster under bed.  Et cetera.

One night I decided this had to stop. I had each kid one-by-one raise their hand and repeat after Daddy…”I, (insert name here), promise not to come out of the room for any reason until morning.” My daughter, 7 at the time, then wrote down on a piece of paper the official “Rules for Sleep” which she taped on the bedroom door.  It said, “You must stay in the room after Daddy tucks you in and kisses you good night unless you have diarrhea or have to vomit.”

My younger son, who was four at the time, one night forgot to go to the bathroom before bedtime.  He dutifully followed my rules to the letter, remained inside the bedroom and urinated in the trash can next to his sister’s bed.

Sometimes Daddy’s rules work too well.

Just a picture I like to break up the text on the blog.

Just a picture I like to break up the text on the blog.

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