My parents were cleaning out their attic and found a bin of our old stuffed animals from when my sister and I were kids. My caring 5 1/2 year old son thought it was so sweet to see one of his mom's "well loved" stuffed animals as he has a few of his own that he loves. After snuggling and putting kiddo to sleep to get good rest for his 2nd week of kindergarten my son was, not so quietly, sneaking around my bedroom and I didn't know what he was doing, other than not sleeping, and said from the living room "get to bed kiddo." Then I heard him whimpering in his bed and I don't believe you should ever let a child fall asleep crying. I went in and held him for a moment and asked him if he wanted to talk. He shared that it scared him being in a dark space and mommy asking him in a semi stern tone to get to bed. He shared that he wanted to surprise me by placing my stuffed animal in my bedroom doorway on the floor so I would remember to snuggle my so loved stuffed animal in bed. After this I layed with him for a few moments and gently rubbed his face as he fell asleep peacefully. Taking the time to show you care and embrace your child, really listen and give them the respect you would like, I feel is so important as a parent. What a sweet, caring thing my son was doing to surprise me and if I had just said "get to bed kiddo" and let him cry himself to sleep he would have gone to sleep feeling he wasn't good enough, when in turn he went to bed feeling proud of himself and loved...and so did I. ❤ #parenting #loveyourchild #single mom #mom #son #care #love

My parents were cleaning out their attic and found a bin of our old stuffed animals from when my sister and I were kids. My caring 5 1/2 year old son thought it was so sweet to see one of his mom’s “well loved” stuffed animals as he has a few of his own that he loves. After snuggling and putting kiddo to sleep to get good rest for his 2nd week of kindergarten my son was, not so quietly, sneaking around my bedroom and I didn’t know what he was doing, other than not sleeping, and said from the living room “get to bed kiddo.” Then I heard him whimpering in his bed and I don’t believe you should ever let a child fall asleep crying. I went in and held him for a moment and asked him if he wanted to talk. He shared that it scared him being in a dark space and mommy asking him in a semi stern tone to get to bed. He shared that he wanted to surprise me by placing my stuffed animal in my bedroom doorway on the floor so I would remember to snuggle my so loved stuffed animal in bed. After this I laid with him for a few moments and gently rubbed his face as he fell asleep peacefully.
Taking the time to show you care and embrace your child, really listen and give them the respect you would like, I feel is so important as a parent. What a sweet, caring thing my son was doing to surprise me and if I had just said “get to bed kiddo” and let him cry himself to sleep he would have gone to sleep feeling he wasn’t good enough, when in turn he went to bed feeling proud of himself and loved…and so did I.