I read all the books that said not to give your kids a "crutch" to sleep with-and that included laying by their bedside until they fell asleep.
I tried it.
And then I ignored all that advice. I know those methods work for some, but I sensed the Holy Spirit whispering to my heart that it was okay to let it go.
But guess what? My older boy falls asleep without me just fine and those moments that I lay beside my youngest ones while they fall asleep? I don't regret them one bit. I also believe in letting them have that pacifier/sleep blanket/stuffed animal/nightlight as LOOONNGGGG as they need it. If you are that mom that feels guilty for singing your baby to sleep, this is for you.
And when the morning comes and you are little more tired for having stayed up rocking your child, remember this: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13. Put aside the guilt mom. It has no place in the heart of a mom who is loving her child well.
YOUR TURN! What "sleep crutches" do you allow at naps and bedtime?