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January 27th, 2009

Look out! Personal opinion ahead!

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and it has come up in conversation all too often with some family members. 

I think this quote sums up how I feel:

“He awakes in a mindless terror of the silence, the motionlessness. He screams. He is afire from head to foot with want, with desire, with intolerable impatience. He gasps for breath and screams until his head is filled and throbbing with the sound. He screams until his chest aches, until his throat is sore. He can bear the pain no more and his sobs weaken and subside. He listens. He opens and closes his fists. He rolls his head from side to side. Nothing helps. It is unbearable. He begins to cry again, but it is too much for his strained throat; he soon stops. He waves his hands and kicks his feet. He stops, able to suffer, unable to think, unable to hope. Then he falls asleep again.”

http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/books/0071381392.php?nid=386&isbn=0071381392

If I were laying in my bed, unable to speak for some reason, crying for help, and my husband stood outside the door insisting it would be “good for me” to self-soothe, that would be spousal abuse.

You never “have” to CIO/sleep train. No parent EVER has to. I know we all try to be great parents, but sadly misinformation and encouragement to ignore your child has made the mainstream media as acceptable - and frankly, it’s not.


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