Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dream a Little Dream

I posted this a few weeks back. It has been working so well, I thought I would re-post for those who have recently started following....

As a mom I hear and read all kinds of tips and tricks to get your kids to do or not do things. 99% of the time these tips and tricks don't work. I just think every kid is different and what works for one isn't going to work for another. However, the 1% of the time the tip/trick pays off is worth the effort:) So, with that being said, I have found a fun way to get my 3 year old to look forward to bedtime.  Wrigley used to be a piece of cake to get to bed, but lately he has been giving us a lot of resistance. There is crying, pleas to stay up and play, endless excuses.  Until one night....

 As I was putting Wrigley to bed, he said he wanted to see snow. With us living in Central Florida the chance of him seeing snow anytime soon is pretty much not going to happen (even with our recent cold fronts). So, I told him he could dream about the snow. We then spent a few minutes talking about what he would do in the snow, who would be with him, what the snow will feel like, etc. When he woke the next morning, I asked him about his dream and he described what we had talked about the night before. Every night since, as we walk to his bedroom, he asks me what he will dream about tonight. It is so precious listening to his little voice describe his imaginative scenarios and seeing the anticipation in his eyes for the dream yet to come. The best part of all is that there are little to no tears when I announce bedtime!

So, give it a try if you have a toddler resisting bedtime. If anything, it will be a few special moments spent with your child......


P.S. Tonight he was dreaming about being in a boat with Mickey Mouse, Jesus, and Mimi and Papa!

This post is linked to Try and Tell Tuesday over at Mom Tried It. Head on over to get some great tips, tricks, advice, etc....


  1. What a cute tip! You are so right about only 1% of them working. It is one thing to try a tip that involves getting your kids to help pick up their mess, but about potty training and bedtime, it is kind of a solo flight. Each kid is so different you just kind of have to try everything. Other moms will be here for support, but chances are what they do won't work for you. :-(
    This is a really neat idea. I will work for just settling and calming them down, too.
    Thank you for sharing and linking up with Try and Tell. I really appreciate it.

  2. My usually-good-sleeper had a tantrum at bedtime last night. If it continues, I'll need all the help I can get!

  3. Shea, I just wanted to drop by and say thanks for commenting on my "middle place' post, it's always nice to meet another daddy's little girl! thanks for the support!

  4. Friday Following you!! Please follow me too, my son has issues with foods too, he is high functioning autistic.