I’ve explained how my daughter has chronic anxiety, so naturally you can assume that bedtime in our house is a nightmare. I have taken to letting my youngest fall asleep alone in my bed, because without fail, each night, Lainey and I end up having a blow out around 10 o’clock. It never fails, I’ve tried everything – to no avail. The doctor suggested having every possible request taken care of before she even goes to bed. This is our “routine”:
Before bed they are allowed to watch TV or play, they get hot chocolate, then to bed, read a book, drink of water, go to the bathroom, change of PJs because we are either too hot or too cold, fan in the room to cool her down, brown bear, blankets up, blankets down, and a lot of other stuff in between.
Last night was no different, probably because it had been an anxiously charged day. As I sat at my computer waiting for a moment I could log on and post a discussion on my online business course (because I can’t log on when she is still awake due to the never ending requests and my account logging me off because I haven’t done anything for a while) I thought of this book, Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. There is an audio version on YouTube read by Samuel L. Jackson which is awesome, because he is totally the person I could imagine reading this book.
If you are easily offended, please refrain from listening, but if you are a parent that struggles with bedtime, seriously, listen to it! You will be laughing and crying at the same time because there is finally something or someone that agrees with you that you are not alone, nor are you crazy…