It was only a matter of time. Before I made my first parenting blunder of the New Year, that is. And it wasn’t my fault entirely. I think Tony Ross, author of A Little Princess series, should shoulder some of the blame. After all, it was one of his creations that became the source of our recent bedtime drama. And in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am all about avoiding bedtime drama.

I am one of those parents who believe that sleep is an important component of any successful parent-child relationship.

I believe that getting your kids to sleep through the night from an early age (I'm talking months not years) is essential for any new parent’s sanity.

I know that I would not be able to function as a parent if my children did not sleep though the night. Without sleep I am a b*tch. Plain and simple. Without sleep I do not have the patience to coax little people into three layers of winter clothes plus their winter boots. Nor do I have the composure to talk either of my toddlers down from a life or death scale tantrum in the supermarket. I just shout. And have a tantrum myself. Which admittedly gives those passersby with their judgemental glares a bit more than they bargained for when they first set eyes on me and my stubborn toddler.

So for me at least sleep is important. Very important. If I sleep I can handle demanding people under the age of three. And if these demanding little people get enough uninterrupted sleep through the night, they are less prone to kicking up a stink over nothing.

It's a win-win situation.

Our kids have always been good sleepers. True, we were cursed with four out of four kids who spent the first two years of their lives getting up before the crows. When it was still pitch black outside. Even in the summer. When it is light by 5 am. True, we were cursed with four out of four kids who gave up their nap around the age of two.

But these same kids have been going to bed every night with virtually no problems ever since they were six months old. Bath, milk, brush teeth, story, kiss, say goodnight and close the door shut on children who are still awake when we leave their room. The same routine every night. And hardly ever a problem. I don’t want to jinx myself. There have been blips along the way. But we’ve always got back on track. Because sleep (both the kids and mine) is that important.
I never ever want to mess with our bedtime routine.

Which is, of course, exactly what I ended up doing.

Without even trying.

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