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Magic Mom & Dad Moments

This is our third in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts about research-based tips that can help make you the happiest parent possible. Check out our first and second articles here.


When you’re a hardworking, always-doing-something-for-somebody-else-but-never-for-yourself parent, magic moments can seem pretty rare. But when they do happen, they’re awesome.

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Spoiler alert: Almost every kids’ book ends the same way!

If you have little kids, then you probably also have lots and lots of children’s books all over your house. (If you don’t have lots and lots of children’s books all over your house, check out this big, important reason why you should get some!)

nightnightbooksRead a sampling of these tiny tomes, and you’ll probably get the feeling that they’re all pretty much the same. Or at least the very last pages of them are. That’s because tons of modern kids’ stories end with the main character going to sleep. Olivia, Fancy Nancy, When We’re Together, I Love You, Daddy, Bert & Ernie’s First Book of Opposites, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late are a few such books that we just happened to close our eyes and pull off one of our shelves at random. We haven’t actually performed the calculations, but we’re pretty sure the Books That End With Sleep vs. Books Where Everyone Stays Awake ratio falls right around 97 to 1.

But it wasn’t always like this.

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Ask D+D: How do you get babies to sleep through the night?

Our first “Ask the Doctor (or the Dad)” question comes to us from a presumably sleep-deprived and bedhead-ridden mom named Heather:

How do you get babies to sleep through the night?
– Heather

Thanks for the question, Heather. We assume you mean your babies, not the neighbor’s babies or some random babies from the next town over that you’ll probably never meet.

Research on children’s sleep provides two clear tips for parents looking to make night-night time less of a nuisance:

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