Sleep training update on Friday

March 6, 2006 | 2 comments

I’ve promised myself that I won’t write about how sleep training is going again until Friday. One of the problems I’ve faced in the many times in the past when I’ve dealt with this is losing sight of the big picture and making changes to the plan after every single nap/bedtime. So I’m simply going to try to be as robot-like as possible and just follow my plan without thinking about it all that much, and reevaluate at the end of the week.

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement, it really means a lot to me.

(I will make other updates this week, just not about sleep.)


  1. laurathecrazymama

    I was the same way about my first, but it took my hubbs (when she was three) to make me see that my method wasn’t working too well. A couple of tough love moments (after reading to her and kisses from me, daddy would tell her NO getting out of bed and NO crying for mama and if she did he would calmly go into the room and put her right back-he was “supernanny” before he knew what that was!) from daddy cured her of her dependence on me. We never made that mistake again and they all go to bed at 8:30 every night! He was firm and loving and consistent and it took all I could do to not sabotage his efforts! I am so glad he’s there to be the toughie when I want to find excuses for their bedtime dramatics! I will pray for you and the hubbs for the strength to get over this bump in the parenting road! DON’T GIVE UP!

  2. Colleen

    Hi Jen:
    Well, with no children of my own, any advice you get from me would only be accidentially worth anything. However, I do do research for a living, so thought I would poke around in the pediatric literature and see if I could find anything of use.

    I have mailed you a short training article that seems quite sensible and do-able. What was surprising to me in doing this research is that your problem is very common and cuts across every culture and continent, despite very different practices, traditions, and customs regarding child-rearing.

    In other words, “go to sleep, dammit” may be the most commonly uttered parental phrase of all!

    Let me know, if it would be helpful for me to do a more thorough search of the lit for you.

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