I’m a single working mom with two kids. My 8 year old is a diva who loves her beauty sleep and will nap whenever the opportunity arises. My 4 year old stopped napping somewhere around age 2 and even when he did nap, they were not the 2 – 3 hours of “mommy me time bliss” that my daughter allowed me but rather short power naps that gave him insane bursts of energy and left me caught mid-meal, shower, laundry, etc.
I exist in a constant state of exhaustion and spend a great deal of time wondering how a kid who never naps also never wants to go to bed at night.
Tonight, as I attempted to complete my homework by the 9 PM deadline (LOL!) I was constantly interrupted by my son who needed water, another story and finally assistance with the nothing that was scaring him (“mommy, I’m scared.” “of what?” “nothing.”).
So though I have not yet read it, I’m fully aware of the buzz around the New York Times Bestseller book, Go the F**k to Sleep, and feel a kinship to the writer. He has grabbed hold of the universal parenting dilemma and mirrored back that which we have all covertly felt at one time or another.
Author: Adam Mansbach
I’m sure many of us have had nights when we read a number of bedtime stories through clenched teeth while attempting to invite the child to go to sleep just like the children/animals/creatures in the book, all to no avail.
Of course, this book and the sentiment behind it was written in good fun. Still, I wonder, does it merely offer parents a lighthearted way to deal with an often frustrating subject? Or will it in some way allow some parents to justify the anger created when a child can’t or won’t go to sleep?