Last night my two-and-a-half year old came traipsing down the stairs with her father 30 minutes after bed time. My husband declared that she didn't want to go to bed and assumed that I had let her nap too long so that she just wasn't tired (which was not the case even though it may have been true the day before). We were entering the dangerous territory that we had entered when our son was the same age and which set us up for nearly three years of horrible bedtime habits with him. I could only envision fighting with my daughter every night from here on out if I didn't march her right back up to her room. What ensued was both horrible and gratifying at the same time.
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