Here are her top five Sleep Avoidance tactics:
-She will always want the one cuddly toy that I can’t find.
-She takes take twice as long to go to sleep whenever I have plans (normally to drink wine in my pjyamas).
-She will try anything to stop me leaving the room. The moment I go to shut the door she will be struck with a desperate thirst, tummy ache, hunger or need for a poo.
-Cuteness is her best Defence Against Bedtime. Just as I am about to totally lose my shit she will tell me; ‘Mummy, you are my best friend.” or “I love you so much – will you lie down with me?’
-She has also been know to unleash a good old-fashioned terrible twos scream-fest to avoid nodding off.
So I often resort to the Lie Down And Pretend To Be Asleep Until She Gets Tired method, also know as Co No -Sleeping. It is not for the fainthearted but it means you get to lie down…perfect for the sleep-deprived.
It is expertly demonstrated in this short film!
This is our typical bedtime ‘routine’. (I am well aware Gina Ford would have contented kittens if she ever witnessed this ‘technique’). *
*No parents were harmed in the making of this video.
If you are exhausted my A -Z OF SLEEP DEPRIVED PARENTING! may make you feel better!