You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Little Red’s been waking before the early morning news starts … apparently he didn’t read my blog. (sigh) Mothers out there, what do you do to pass the time when your child wakes too early?

I blog, but I actually have a list of things I should be doing.

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7 thoughts on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want

  1. heh. 🙂 I blog too, though before I blogged when Elizabeth was a baby she would often wake in the middle fo the night. She would be fussy and wouldn’t go back to sleep for a couple hours, so I would sit at the computer, bouncing her on my lap, and play online games like hearts and spades. It helped keep the exhaustian and frustration at bay at least for a little while. 🙂

  2. I sit with him (any of my boys…. they’ve all done this) on the couch and pop in a video for them. Then I’ll take a nap while they watch whaever video it is they are watching. It’s usually whatever they are really into at the moment… ZSesame Street or the Wiggles or Blue’s Clues… although I have found that I like them to watch a Baby Einstein because it is more calm and stuff. It goes well for early in the morning. Bear in the Big Blue House has also always been a favorite. If you don’t have any Bear… I highly recommend you get some!!

    Yes, I often use TV for a babysitter. I’m a bad mommy. However, a little video watching isn’t a bad thing. Just don’t watch as much TV as we do!! 😉

  3. I removed everything except the bed from Jaedin’s room (literally everything). Then I installed a lock on the door.

    And then I slept in.

    OK, so I couldn’t sleep because he was screaming at his door for an hour until I let him get up at the specified time (I removed everything from his room so that I’d know that he wasn’t destroying anything or accidentally hurting himself on anything). After a week of one-hour screaming sessions every morning, he automatically started sleeping in on his own. I haven’t had to worry about it since then.

    Sure, it was kind of mean, but to be a good mom I need my sleep. He needs a level-headed mom and to get that he had to have a good dose of delayed gratification. It worked like a charm for us.

  4. Please be aware that locking a child in a room is something Child Protection Services looks for in deciding whether a child is being abused. People make their own decisions for their own reasons, but just so we’re clear. (Beating a child until he’s blue probably “works like a charm” too, but no one seems comfortable recommending that approach.) I wonder what Dr. Phil would say?

  5. I ought to ignore that comment, but,

    Dr Phil says:

    “Inappropriate Punishment:
    The punishment should be a natural and logical consequence of the punishable behavior. If the punishment isn’t fair, you can lose the opportunity to “teach” your child through the act of disciplining because your child’s focus will be on the unfair punishment.

    Don’t let your guilt get in the way of your parenting. Your job as a parent is not to make yourself feel good by giving the child everything that makes you feel good when you give it. Your job as a parent is to prepare your child to succeed in school and when they get out into the world. Kids have to be socialized in a way that they understand you work hard for what you get. You don’t want to teach your child that they will get everything through manipulation, pouting, crying, door slamming and guilt induction.

    Your child does not have to love you every minute of every day. He’ll get over the disappointment of having been told ‘no.'”

    When CPS is looking for abused children they look for starving children locking in their rooms. Not for the child crying from 6-7 am because he wanted to get up and play early.

    My kids are obviously not abused. How dare you infer that they are.

  6. I don’t. I say people make their own decisions. If you feel that what I have said applies to you in a negative way, so be it. The approach you are recommending to others can be interpreted as child abuse. I am worried about other people on the internet who may read this and use it to justify abusive behaviour.

    I am not (and never was) worried about your kids. Peace.

  7. Actually it is not only “starving” children CPS looks for. Slapping your child across the face is considered child abuse so even if you are the best parent in the world but believe it is ok to slap your child in the face you are abusing him/her according to CPS. (I would never do such a thing but am giving an example.) Also there are many other types of abuse besides physical. You are misinformed if you believe that locking your children in a room (empty or not) while you are sleeping and therefore not within hearing distance is ok. If there was a fire your child would be as good as dead.

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