Lisa for about all of last month was waking up at least once a night, almost every night, because she wanted to be tucked back in to bed… Or as my kids say, she wanted me to “Tuck in ear!”
While at first it was fine and dandy as she was only getting up once a night, and all I had to do was simply lay her blankets back on top of her. However, it progressed into multiple times a night, beginning sometime shortly after midnight. And sometimes it was about 10-30 minutes after the last time I tucked her in.
Needless to say, we weren’t happy or think it as cute when it progressed to that point since Mommy (as Daddy sleeps through most night wakings) was getting very tired and crabby, especially as the pinnacle of such night wakings was while Mom was feeling under the weather a week or two ago.
So one night it came to a head as at, who knows what hour of the night, I told her she had to grab her blanket and pull it on top of herself. She refused to tuck herself back in. After several times doing this and lots of crying from her, I told her if she did it one more time I was going to take away her blankets. So when ten minutes later she screamed for me to “tuck in ear!!” I took away her blankets and put them in the closet. She screamed and had a huge fit and followed me back into our bedroom protesting the entire time.
This promptly woke up Josh who had no idea I had been awake for the last 2.5-3 hours dealing with a stubborn Lisa. He was confused as to where her blankets were and so he grabbed this soft, pink, twin size blanket we have and gave it to her to sleep with, and then awesomely laid down on the floor and slept with her for a while. She didn’t get up again that night!
While we’ve had a few more night-waking incidents since that night, Lisa seems to have learned the consequences for not doing what is expected of her. Lisa vividly recalls me taking away her blankets that night as she’ll sometimes retell the story when we tuck her into bed at night. Also, she’s kept the bigger blanket. It seems to help as well.
So sometimes I’m mean. And crabby. And tired. Sometimes I teach my kids a lesson – they aren’t the boss in the house: Josh and I, their parents, are. And we don’t like lazy or disobedient children, yes, even at 2.5 years old, so we work hard to make sure we have clear rules and expectations. We don’t expect perfection, but we do expect progress.
What have you laid down the law about in your home? Have you ever taken away your kids blankets in the middle of the night to teach them a lesson (or am I the only crazy one)?