Some of the parenting experts seem to think you can “teach your child to sleep through the night.” Based on personal experience, I kinda think it’s baloney.

One would think that after three children, I’d have perfected the “teaching”. Quite the opposite. Sleep patterns got progressively worse with each child. My oldest slept through the night at two weeks and has been doing so consistently ever since. Not much “teaching” involved there.

Maddie, on the other hand, is five years old and still only sleeps through the night about half the time. Sigh. The other half of the time, she gets up in the middle of the night (at least once) and wants to climb into our bed. If I let her, much tossing and turning ensues. Moan. I suppose I didn’t do enough “teaching” when she was 2 weeks old.

It’s 2:23 A.M. My sleep has been disturbed one too many times. Where are all those parenting experts when I need them?

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