I’ll be the first to admit how lucky we’ve been with sleep when it comes to our toddler. He slept through the night for so long. But with potty training, we told him to tell us when he has to go the bathroom at night.

And with that came the realisation that he can run the show.

He’s slipped in and out of patterns, refusing naps and resisting bedtime on some nights. One night he told us, “I just want to look at daddy.” Not even mommy says that, so I immediately called B.S. and sent him back to bed. OK, so I gushed a little bit, smiling on the inside, and then sent him back to bed.

Since he only said it once, it wasn’t prevalent enough to include.

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Here is a helpful pie chart with some of the more frequent requests (by percentage):