Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kids Love Limits

In all of my behavior management training  in school and in teaching, I was often taught how important it is to set rules and limits for kids.  But, just this past week, Landon expressed so clearly his love for limits -- 

Landon still wakes up every night at least once. For months, he's been just coming in to my side of the bed, I drag myself up and walk him back to bed, and he's asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. Why does he do this??

Our latest attempt to thrwart his night wakings was to put up a gate on his door. (We tried this once just after he turned one and climbed out of his crib. He, of course, climbed over the gate as well... but we figured we'd give it another shot.) We were worried that seeing the gate would make him go crazy, so the first night, I showed him as I put the gate up and explained that he wouldn't be able to come get mommy in the night but that when he saw the gate, it meant "back to bed."  When I put him to bed and went over the rules of the car bed  - 'what do you do if you wake up in the night?' - he remembered the gate and said "stuck!" 

The next afternoon, when I tried to put him down for a nap, he wouldn't go into his room until I put the gate up. "Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!" he begged. I never would have imagined that I'd hear Landon asking for such a thing! :)