Thursday, March 01, 2007

Sleeping-Co-Sleeping-Children - New York Times:

The practice that makes everyone gasp, Ms. Kunhardt said, is this: “After you’ve given them all these nurturing, nighttime routine options — the nightlight, the song — you say, ‘If you stay in the bed, your door can be open. If not, I’m going to have to keep it closed.’ This generation of parents is aghast at that. But it really is up to the kid to keep the door open. Any child worth their salt is going to test that, and then it’s up to the parent to hold firm. There’s so much guilt, like, ‘I can’t do that!’ ”

“We could also talk a lot about how this whole sleep problem is telling about the state of a marriage,” she added. “I think that sometimes parents use their kids to not look at the fact that intimacy is on the wane.”

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