Friday, February 25, 2011
Torturing Your Child... and Yourself: A How-to Guide
2. Place a child proof door knob on the inside of the child's bedroom door as shown in the picture below (a 4-pack can be purchased at Home Depot for $3.89):
3. Deceive your child into thinking that you just want to read some books with them in their new bed. (Don't mention the word nap or bed-time, you don't want them to know the truth.)
4. After you are done reading, cover him/her with a blanket give them a kiss (giving them a false sense of security), and then run out of the room before they can follow you.
5. Then listen to them scream, bang the door, yell "Daddy where are you?!", and cry for about 30 to 45 minutes.
6. Feel terrible because you have locked your child in their own bedroom--what should be a safe-haven for the world we live in, a place of happiness and security--like a prisoner.
7. If you are patient and lucky, the child will wear themselves out and most likely fall asleep in their room, possibly right next to the door so you can't get in and put them in their bed.
8. When they wake up, they will most likely scream and cry again because they are still locked in their room and have realized that the whole experience wasn't just a bad dream.
9. Repeat until the child will sleep in their bed all on their own.
We did this for Koby's nap time yeterday. At least last night he only cried for about 5 minutes and actually feel asleep in his bed. Hopefully it doesn't take much longer to used to the new sleeping situation.