The Snuggle Conundrum

You are a good parent.

You are a good parent even though your previously good sleeper is now in a toddler bed and tests your patience on a nightly basis at least five times before finally going to sleep after earning his nickname, The Filibusterer.

You are a good parent even though your greatest wish is to have an hour of down time per day, without the demands of work, home or parenting. It’s ok that you don’t want to rock your toddler to sleep after at least three stories, four songs and at least as many kisses and hugs. You’re doing the best you can.

You are a good parent even though as you shut the toddler’s door, his pleading gaze and “Mommy, sleep me!” ratchet the guilt up a notch. He is just fine. You deserve to put your feet up, watch bad TV and play Candy Crush.

You are a good parent even though as a last resort you read Super Nanny sleep tips because if the toddler gets up one more time, you are going to scream. You are still a good parent for caving in to the toddler’s demands and telling one more story, singing one more song and snuggling a little more. Sorry, Super Nanny!

You are a good parent.

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