If you read our blog, then some of you know, I have recently been battling an almost three year old who likes to give a 1am or 3am wake-up call every few nights. It has been a killer on my nerves and sanity, but I am plowing through what I hope is a phase that won’t last much longer. Yes, I curse at the monitor as I watch the little guy get out of his bed and I curse as I yawn during the day from exhaustion.
For these reasons, I completely enjoyed the latest read aloud bedtime story that has gone viral on the internet, Go The F@#K To Sleep! by Adam Mansbach. I had the opportunity to page through the well written and illustrated story the other day and was nodding my head as I agreed with the excuses our little ones use for waking up – bathroom, water, not comfortable, etc. If you haven’t received a copy from a friend through email, hit the local bookstore and check it out.
“The cats nestle close to their kittens.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the f@#k to sleep.”
How did the author come up with the idea for the book? This was a question that Kristin Kalning of TODAY Moms asked.
As any good fiction teacher will tell you, you’ve gotta write what you know. And last summer, Mansbach knew that it was taking for-freaking-ever to get his 2-year-old daughter, Vivien, to go the f@#ck to sleep. He posted an exasperated lament on Facebook, and his friends told him to write a book. So he did.
I am not sure that reading this book over and over again will solve my sleep issues with the little guy, but it sure does put a shit eating grin on my face….