New mom Elisabeth Hasselbeck has recently admitted in her dreft blog that she lives in her pajamas now that Taylor Thomas has arrived.
It wasn’t until her first child, Grace asked “Mommy why are you still in your p.j.’s?” that she realized she had been in the same outfit for nearly three weeks.
She has also learned quickly that some creative parenting will help save a bit of her sanity.
Grace normally needs someone to be with her while she goes to sleep at nap time and nighttime. On this occasion, Taylor also needed his mommy, which prompted Elisabeth to set up a table for Grace to make a “Sleep Chart” for Santa.
It is by the phone they ‘use to call Santa and tell him what a good job she has done’. She goes on to say:
I told her that Santa sees her everyday, and knows that she is a big sister now and that she can sleep in her bed all by herself. I told her that Santa also knows that she has so much courage that God gave her, and that she can remember her courage if she gets afraid. Every time she sleeps like a big girl, I added, we could add a Christmas decoration to the chart. She nodded along, still suspicious, I could tell. So- I resorted to pure bribery.
“AND IF YOU SLEEP LIKE A BIG GIRL, WE WILL GO TO THE TOY STORE AND YOU CAN PICK ANY TOY YOU WANT.”
“Okay,” she said, finally convinced.
I am not going to lie. I was desperate. After some tears, and a lot of stalling…then more tears…she DID IT. Yes, I was “that parent”. Yes I gave in to the commercial world. But it worked. After three long, hard days, she is excited to wake up in her own room, add to her chart… and loves her Princess Backpack with lip-gloss!!
I personally believe that a little bribery is OK when you think that it will help you move past an issue and I still have days when I don’t get out of my jammies.