Just last night, my 5-year-old son had some reservations about going to bed. He, apparently, caught sight of something that scared him on an electronic device a neighbor had. When he ran in, shaking, the lion in me emerged. When anyone messes with the wellbeing of my children, and especially their sleep, you better watch out. The entire situation reminded me of some sleep training moments that'll leave you wanting your own mom, because my baby didn't sleep well last night and, well, I definitely wanted my mom there.
This incident wasn't the first time my sweet boy's been too scared to sleep and, unfortunately, probably won't be the last. While I can't protect him from everything, I do my best to shield him from whatever I can that might affect his sleep patterns. I never realized how difficult this would be, though, until I became a mom myself. Go figure, right?
When my husband and I first started sleep training our daughter, we weren't prepared for the time commitment, how our patience would be tested, or the regressions that would follow. Still, we felt as if they'd be good lessons to remember if, and when, we ever had another kid. Turns out, every baby is different (who knew?!) and our son would require a completelydifferent set of sleep rules. Though there are some similarities, training him to sleep through the night, in his own bed, definitely left me screaming for my own mom on more than one occasion.