How I got My Son to Sleep in His Own Bed

IMG_4832My wife and I have never been the type of people that forced our kids to sleep in their own bed. Sure when they go to sleep for the night we start them in their own beds, but a lot of times we would wake up in the morning with one of them sandwiched between us.  Being a parent is tiring enough, that walking them back to their room in the middle of the night was just not something that I was going to do.  More than likely they would fall back asleep in their own bed and find their way to my room anyway… so what’s the point.

I would like the kids to sleep in their own bed, but obviously they love me so much that they can’t even spend 10 unconscious hours away from me. So I let it happen.

My youngest has been coming into my room since we transitioned him out of his crib when he was three years old.  That was almost five years ago.  At first it wasn’t too much of a problem, but as he’s grown my space in the bed has shrunk.  It got to the point where I would spend half the night pushing him out of the way, only to see him roll right back next to me.  I couldn’t take the knees in the back, the elbows in the neck, and the feet in my face anymore. He’s seven, he should be sleeping in his own bed by now.

But aside from locking my door, which would just cause him to bang on it until we opened it, I was at a loss for what to do.  It’s not like you can let a seven year old cry it out.  So we bought a dog.

puppy dogI know this makes no sense, but it worked.  We bought an eight week old puppy that needed constant supervision.  For 28 days I didn’t sleep in my own bed and instead decided to sleep on the couch in the living room.  Since I am a horrible puppy trainer and not one to lock her in a crate when she sleeps, it only made sense that I should sleep in the couch next to her. I didn’t want her whining to wake everyone else up, so with me next to her that would’t happen.  And it worked.

She was sleeping pretty well, but I wasn’t.  Our couch is fairly comfortable, but I don’t think it was designed to have someone on it 28 days in a row.  The cushions are getting flat and I am sure that it stinks like dog, or even worse… me.  Against our better judgement the dog is now sleeping with my oldest son and I am back in my own bed, at least for most of the night, until she wakes up barking.  Then like an idiot, I go back down to the couch and the dog falls back asleep.  I don’t know how I am going to get this dog to sleep in her own cage or at least sleep through the night in my sons room, but at least my youngest is no longer coming into my bed.

Always look at the bright side right?

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After 15 years as a News Photographer in the fast paced world of television news, I am now knee deep in Legos and laundry as the stay at home dad to to little boys. It was my choice to stay at home, so don't look at me like I am some kid of freak show. We're all parents just trying to raise our kids the right way. Some might be better at it than others, but if our kids love us for who we are, who cares.

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