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Sleep Training my Teenager March 2, 2018

sleep girl teenage daughterI’m having to sleep train my teenage daughter. 

You remember sleep training, don’t you?  When your sweet precious angel baby was six months old and you thought if you didn’t get three whole hours of sleep in a row that you’d leave that sweet tender thing out for the dingoes?  So you let her cry her little lungs out while you sat outside the door to her room silently crying yourself because you knew good and well you could provide comfort with something as simple as a pat on the back and a lullaby, but if you did she’d NEVER learn to sleep without your assistance?  Remember that?

I’m having to do that again now that she’s 174 months old. 

She’d been sleeping through the night for years, and then, suddenly, nope.  With the advent of a social life came social media.  There were too many Facetime requests and Snapchats and group messaging for her to dare go to sleep.  She might miss a precious piece of information or be three hours behind her friends in finding out WHO kissed WHO behind WHOSE back. 

We took her phone away after 9:00 p.m.  There was crying, stamping of feet, and eyes rolling so far back in her head all you could see was bloodshot white and running mascara.  When she was a baby she’d cry so hard her head would sweat and her hair would be dripping wet with sour despair.  She was a champion crier back in the day and she seems to have lost none of her skill. 

We didn’t relent, though it was tempting. Soothing her was simple. We didn’t even need to pretend to know all the verses to “Hush Little Baby.” We just had to hand her a phone. Her night owlishness wasn’t keeping us awake, after all.  She’s old enough to make herself a Poptart and go potty without assistance.  It would have been easy to let her be. But her grades were suffering, and bad grades mean no college which means no high paying job which means a cut-rate nursing home for me when I’m old and helpless.

After day three of hysteria, Babygirl realized we were serious and went to bed with only a minor whine and a side-eye. 

Now that she’s sleep trained, we can rest for another six months.  Then driver’s training begins, and I’ll never sleep again.

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Lori B. Duff is the author of the Amazon ‘Hot New Release’ Mismatched Shoes and Upside Down Pizza, a collection of autobiographical humor essays. The hard copy of the book can be found on Amazon & BarnesandNoble.com and select local retailers. The e-book can be found here. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here.

Sleep Training my Teenager

8 Comments

  1. Teri Foltz

    Hilarious! I’m glad to raised (reared, I meant to say…we raise potatoes; we rear children?) my sons before cell phones! See you at Erma in 5 weeks!!!

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    • Lori Duff

      Thanks! Can’t wait to see you, too! (And the potatoes are better behaved….)

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  2. Lee St. John

    Glad those days are behind me, also. Teri – I am going to Erma, too. Hope to meet you.

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    • Lori Duff

      Teri, meet Lee. Lee, meet Teri. Go. Be friends.

      Reply

  3. ernie

    Great comparison. Dead on. I was so by the book back in my early parenting days that when my son turned 6 months on Christmas day, I forced him to cry-it-out anyway. Ouch. My kids don’t get phones till high school. My one son tells everyone who will listen that his parents are Amish. They are supposed to plug them in on the first floor overnight, but their chargers mysteriously end up upstairs constantly. Never ending battle.

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    • Lori Duff

      My kids got phones in middle school, mainly because that’s when they started going places without me, and I needed to be able to contact them. I potty trained my daughter Christmas weekend 2006. I spent 72 hours sitting on the tile floor………

      Reply

  4. Gina Valley

    I love this!
    We need to do sleep training with one of our teenagers again. Actually, need to do anti-sleep training. I think he’s turning into a cat because he sleeps all the time!

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  5. Bryce Warden

    My kids have never been allowed to sleep with a phone in their room for this very reason. It is tricky stuff to navigate. My son doesn’t care but my daughter would be up all night every night if given access. Glad you got her trained 🙂

    Reply

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Sleep Training my Teenager

8 Comments

  1. Teri Foltz

    Hilarious! I’m glad to raised (reared, I meant to say…we raise potatoes; we rear children?) my sons before cell phones! See you at Erma in 5 weeks!!!

    Reply

    • Lori Duff

      Thanks! Can’t wait to see you, too! (And the potatoes are better behaved….)

      Reply

  2. Lee St. John

    Glad those days are behind me, also. Teri – I am going to Erma, too. Hope to meet you.

    Reply

    • Lori Duff

      Teri, meet Lee. Lee, meet Teri. Go. Be friends.

      Reply

  3. ernie

    Great comparison. Dead on. I was so by the book back in my early parenting days that when my son turned 6 months on Christmas day, I forced him to cry-it-out anyway. Ouch. My kids don’t get phones till high school. My one son tells everyone who will listen that his parents are Amish. They are supposed to plug them in on the first floor overnight, but their chargers mysteriously end up upstairs constantly. Never ending battle.

    Reply

    • Lori Duff

      My kids got phones in middle school, mainly because that’s when they started going places without me, and I needed to be able to contact them. I potty trained my daughter Christmas weekend 2006. I spent 72 hours sitting on the tile floor………

      Reply

  4. Gina Valley

    I love this!
    We need to do sleep training with one of our teenagers again. Actually, need to do anti-sleep training. I think he’s turning into a cat because he sleeps all the time!

    Reply

  5. Bryce Warden

    My kids have never been allowed to sleep with a phone in their room for this very reason. It is tricky stuff to navigate. My son doesn’t care but my daughter would be up all night every night if given access. Glad you got her trained 🙂

    Reply

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Lori Duff

Lori B. Duff is the author of the Amazon ‘Hot New Release’ Mismatched Shoes and Upside Down Pizza, a collection of autobiographical humor essays. The hard copy of the book can be found on Amazon & BarnesandNoble.com and select local retailers. The e-book can be found here. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here.

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