I arrived home at 9:00pm after a Scout meeting. Our two-year-old was in bed, but not sleeping. She was waiting for Daddy! So I performed our bedtime ritual, but she was still restless. I grabbed a pillow from my bed, and laid on the floor next to her bed. That worked. For two minutes.
Reaching over, she touched me on the arm, looked at me with her “sad eyes”, and said “I am having a problem with my bed.”
I asked, “What’s the matter, honey?”
Said she, “I am having a problem, with a monster, in my bed.”
Being a wise Daddy, I knew instantly what she really wanted. I said, “OK honey, lie down on my pillow on the floor and we can snuggle.”