Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.” ~Robert Gallagher
I need your help. I’ve suspected for some time that my 2½ year old girl is smarter than I. Now I’m quite certain of it. As many of you know, my wonderful wife suggested years ago I should read to and put my little girl to bed each night. The idea (and it’s a really good one that I strongly recommend to any other dads reading this) is by putting her to bed every night I’d have a little bit of extra quality time with her. It’s been great, but…
Here’s where I need your help: in the past couple of months after finishing the last story book for the night she’s taken to asking (and eventually pleading in a way that to the neighbors must sound as though I’m pulling out her fingernails one by one) that I read her just “one… more… book… daddy… puhleez!” Which, if I give in and read another, is immediately followed by… you guessed it, more pleas for just one more book.
Last night when I finally got her into her crib she called me back and said, “Something scared me!” Okay, remember I told you she’s smarter than me. It did not occur to me immediately that she knew daddy couldn’t resist picking up his little 2½ year old girl if she was scared. After picking her up the thought popped into my head I was being played, and I asked, “Did you just say you were scared so I’d pick you up?” “Yes,” came the surprisingly honest response.
Clearly I’m in need of expert guidance from someone whose navigated these treacherous waters before. I assume at least one key is I must stick to whatever I say, e.g. if I say “This is the last story”, then it must be the last story? What other suggestions do you have to help me smooth the transition from story-time to bed-time? Soon she’ll be in a toddler bed, and that scares me even more. At least now she can’t (or at least doesn’t) get out of bed.
Am I the only one who has had this problem? H-E-L-P!
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