One thing I’ve learned about kids: figure out what works with one child so that you can be quite sure what absolutely will never work with the next one.
Advice books on parenting are baffling. If there isn’t one sure-fire method to getting two children within the same family to go to sleep/eat their veggies/fucking listen when I’m talking to you, how in the world can someone write a book on how to get all children to go to sleep/eat their veggies/fucking listen when I’m talking to you?
Going to sleep is the biggie, right? One kid needs momma to read her a story, another needs one of his mothers to scratch his back followed by the other mother singing him a lullaby, and yet another child needs mommy to lie with her while daddy polishes the silver hanging upside down from the ceiling. There’s just no sure-fire method to get all children to settle down and go to sleep.
Here at Casa Rosenbaum, Lilah brushes her pony’s hair before bed while Zachary reads under the covers with a nightlight until we catch him and tell him to put the damned book away. You may have children like this, or you may have little angels who fall asleep to gentle music or white noise machines.
Benjamin, on the other hand, falls asleep to this song, blared at a volume usually found only at Def Leopard concerts:
I’m wondering why I never saw a chapter on that method in all those sleep-training books.