Sunday, April 14, 2013

Magical Parenting

Until the age of two, Raphaela actively rejected pacifiers.  When we moved somewhat suddenly to the new apartment, she found the drawer with 'baby things,' and started asking for a pacifier before bed time, her comfort reaction to this particular change.

Right before Pessach this year, I explained to Raphaela that the pacifiers contained chametz and therefore had to hide during the holiday;  she would have to learn how to fall asleep without it.  Magically, the pacifiers have disappeared since then, and Raphaela has managed to fall asleep every night like the big girl that she is.

She has only asked me once, and I replied, "Raphaela, you don't wear diapers anymore, even at night, correct?  You dress yourself in the morning, right?  So you are not a baby anymore and you don't need a pacifier!"

Instead, Raphaela has taken to waking up in the middle of the night to "check if the sun is still sleeping," and then returns to bed.  Progress of sorts...

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