I’ve thought about this a long time, and truly this solution will simplify everything. When my 12-year and 9-year old boys were little, they loved music and stories on tapes. During their toddler years we amassed quite a collection of stories by Jim Weiss (he always did the best job of putting them to sleep), nursery rhymes, Curious George books on tape, Toy Story on tape and their favorite book on tape, Big Red Barn. We also collected some lullaby tapes and CDs that put them to sleep every night, and if we traveled, this music was as essential as diapers, if we expected to get any sleep. So, these tapes and CDs have been everywhere.
When my oldest son started having night terrors, I introduced guided imagery CDs to our collection to play while he was falling to sleep.
Then when our second two boys came along, they fell right into the habit of listening to stories on tapes and CDs, and falling asleep to lullabies — which usually evolves to falling asleep to Toy Story’s ballad, You’ve Got A Friend in Me. A few years ago, as the CDs began to get scratched, and as I rewound the tapes back into their cases for the 100th time, I started loading them onto Itunes. From there, I burned them onto CDs.
So at bedtime, it’s beginning to take some time to search through the more than 20 story/lullaby CDs to find just the one that will appease them into sleep. In the afternoons, instead of TV, they like to sit with their books on tape, and they often get scratched while the kids stick them into the CD player.
I’m ditching the CDs, and all of the clutter, and just getting them an I-Pod that I can plug into speakers. Finding the right selection for the evening’s rest and the afternoon entertainment will be as simple as turning a dial.