For parents of young children, sleep is something that we embrace dearly. Especially during the toddler years, when we are faced with little Lucy or Danny fighting the bedtime routine, screaming that they don’t want to be left alone and waking in the middle of the night after we’ve tirelessly sung a dozen repetitions of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Most parents have been through the troubling experience of trying to get their child to sleep in their own bed. Whether they’re scared of a monster, noise, bad dream, the dark or perhaps it is “just because.” Whatever the reason, you’re not alone! According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 47% (that’s almost one half of toddlers) wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for at least 30 minutes or more. What is a parent to do in this situation? Since so many of us need our sleep too, we end up giving in to our child’s request to spend the night with us and sandwich them in between us and our partner. The only problem is that it doesn’t really improve our sleep at all.
Glenn Wright’s, I Sleep In My Own Bed, was inspired by the same frustrations many parents encounter when trying to put their child to sleep at night. After endlessly searching for a tool that would help, he continued to come up empty. With a passion for illustrating and storytelling, he decided to develop a story with relatable text and visuals to help ease his son’s fear of sleeping in his own bed.
I Sleep in My Own Bed is the story of a little boy who is looking for the perfect place to sleep. The book takes us on a journey throughout the home of this little child, exploring all of the places that he could sleep. He visits the refrigerator (it’s too cold), the living room (it’s too loud), the washer and dryer (it would make him dizzy) to name a few. As he ventures from room-to-room he continues to look for the perfect place to rest his tired head and continues to come back to his own room with his toys, clothes and his belongings. In the end, he discovers that the place most perfect for him to sleep is his very own bedroom.
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I Sleep in My Own Bed is written for children and their parents who are having a hard time getting their toddler to sleep in their own bed. Glenn’s use of bright, colorful illustrations and lighthearted humor will make the bedtime routine just as enjoyable for you as it is your child. I Sleep in My Own Bed can be personally signed and ordered from the author’s own Website or purchased on Amazon.com.
Glenn Wright is a Syracuse Native, growing up all his life and now raising his own family in Central New York. While Glenn always held a passion for literature and art, it was not until the recent experience with his own son and the struggle to overcome his nighttime insecurities that he picked up a pencil again and created this magical sleep time story. When Glenn’s book became the daily bedtime ritual in his house, he decided to publish it. He knew it was important to share it with all the mommies and daddies out there facing that same frustrating issue of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at night. For more information, please check out www.isleepinmyownbed.com.
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