Consistency has been our best friend as parents. My daughter used to come in four, five, even six times a night claiming it was morning. And I am talking absurd times like two in the morning. So the rule became that it is not morning until mommy or daddy come and get you.
When my daughter woke me at six I knew I would not be going back to sleep. Unfortunately that is just a trait of mine. I could have said, ok but you'll have to go down for nap early. But I didn't because I know it would give permission to start up coming in each night when she felt it was morning all over again. So back to bed I escorted.
In eight minutes I will have to go get her. I can see her lying on her bed, eyes open, waiting. It may seem silly to some but I know that she craves that consistency and structure. She will test it but after after two years of little sleep we have found something that works. I can handle a test every week or two if it means sleep the rest of the time.
I'm grateful for consistency. I'm grateful to take into account other factors when they apply. I'm grateful to have gotten three nights of sleep without interruptions from a toddler. I'm grateful for her curious and strong-willed mind. I'm grateful she tests her limits because I know she will never be one to just blindly follow what she doesn't understand. I'm grateful for all the traits that make her tricky as a toddler that will make her amazing as an adult. And I'm grateful to have picked up some good mom techniques to both nurture that as well as reign it in.
Where does your life strive with consistency? What techniques have you found to keep balance?
May today remind us we are all unique. May we find what works for each of us in creating balance and consistency in life. Have a beautiful day!