Before kids, I certainly wasn't planning to co-sleep as a parent (so dangerous). I didn't plan on using the "cry-it-out" method (just cruel). I didn't plan on giving my children their own iPads or on letting them watch TV before bed (lazy parenting).
I also never planned to have a sleep-deprivation-induced-nervous-breakdown.
But, clearly, plans change when you become a parent.
At a certain point, we all have to throw our copies of What to Expect When You're Expecting out the window and attempt to abide by a simpler, more realistic set of expectations and standards.
Our mom-goals shift over time and our definitions of things begin to change; We planned on 'organic' but we now aim for 'edible.'
We pictured 'pristine' lives but we now strive for 'sanitary.' We hoped we'd be perfect parents but, who are we kidding, we'll settle for sane.And while it seems to remain a foreign concept to our children, sane people need to sleep.
These 19 parents share their secrets to pressing 'snooze' on their tiny, persistent, human alarm clocks.Playing dead in bed. It works for a good 10 minutes. ? -Danielle Guenther Photography (To everyone wondering, yes this [photo] is staged.) It’s part of my art series, “best case scenario." So glad you’re enjoying!!! Parenting is a shitshow some days, and beauty the next!! We’ll all miss these days, that’s for sure!! Enjoy the little moments :) Cheers, mommas!!
Surrender to the chaos.I was cracking up because it's literally the same picture. ⇪ -Jessica Stanley
Fake it 'till you make it.I remember back when I thought co-sleeping was optional— LOLOLOLOL I was adorable back then. Judge me all you want, but I buy morning peace on the weekends by letting Minecraft melt my 6yo's brain for 15 minutes (I'm lying, I totally let her play for like an hour.)? -Bad Parenting Moments
Hand over the goods.My son woke up, and it woke me, so I silently handed him my iPad and went back to sleep. The joys of co-sleeping. ? -Cassy Maarssen This next mom really thinks outside the box.
Invest in your future.Let him stay up all night Friday night. -Arthean Watkins
Technology is your friend.
Me, to all my kids before the age of 2. "No screens allowed." On their 2nd birthday, handing over iPad. "This is your mother now."— Ash (an new years angel) ⚪️ (@Ash (an new years angel) ⚪️)1445635321.0