Friday, September 01, 2006
Pacifying with Pedals?
Okay, I'm embarrassed to admit, Seth just turned three and still uses a pacifier when he goes to bed at night. I cringe every time he asks for it and I give it to him. So, tonight, I put my foot down. I tied a ribbon on the pacifier and it was waiting for him on his pillow when he crawled up into bed. Then I explained that if he took his pacifier and hung it on the door outside his bedroom, the pacifier fairy would come and take it away and leave him a brand new tricycle for him to find in the morning.
Okay, so he bought this long enough to hang the pacifier on the doorknob and climb into bed...then he realized what he had agreed to and began to ask for it back. I didn't give in. I talked up the bike a little more and explained that big boys needed tricycles--not pacifiers. He accepted this--temporarily--and lay down to sleep.
I immediately fetched the boxed bike in the garage and began the assembly (I also removed the beribboned binky to a remote trashcan). Then, I heard his door crack open, I ran out so he wouldn't discover that there was actually no fairy, just mom with a wrench and screwdriver. Peeking out his door, he said, in the most pleasant, non-whiny voice he could muster (I assume to get on my good side), "I don't want a bicycle, mom". What do you say to that? Yes you do? Anyhow, I talked him back into bed and assured him of the good time he would have riding it at the park and showing it off to Lucy and Dad.
Well, he is off in dreamland now and his new set of wheels awaits him in the morning...
To be continued...
PS What is the best age to wean from a pacifier? Advice for the future, anyone?