M is a bright child. Yes, I realize most parents would say this about their own kids. He has been potty trained since 20 months, knows his ABCs and the location of several states on a map. He is curious and asks a lot of questions and doesn’t forget a thing. He does not, however, know how to close his eyes when prompted.
We have this sweet book about various animals closing their eyes and going to sleep. When it comes time for each animal to close its eyes, M contorts his face only reaching partial closer despite the tremendous effort. His nose travels north, his cheeks follow suit actually causing his lower eyelids to migrate, more like when you are a little constipated or dropping stuff off at the landfill.
We have shown him 10,000 times how to relax one’s face and how to gently allow your upper lid to touch the lower. It was quite comical for a long time, but now I have decided that is the reason he continues to take an hour to fall asleep. If he could only learn to close his eyes, it would take ten minutes. Ten lovely, calm, reflective minutes. Instead, his inability to close his eyes has caused countless nights of chaos.
So, tomorrow we are going to practice again. I will softly coax his eyelids together with the palm of my hand again and again until he gets it. When he gets it (because he will), then he will go to bed easy…by 8:00…and sleep until 7:00…and not make a peep in between.