Give Drugs To Your Child: You’ll Sleep Better


     I recently came across a Facebook posting made by a woman who had an obvious problem getting her todler to sleep unassisted. She proudly announced that he finally was able to get himself to sleep on his own. She remarked that it was such an accomplishment that she would reward herself with a celebratory glass of champagne.

     Her reason to celebrate was not so unusual and it is not an uncommon practice to celebrate an occasion with a glass of champagne in our culture. However, to celebrate with alcohol over a toddler’s ability to get to sleep on his own is hardly a cause to consume alcohol. But nonetheless, she was most likely making her point of how important the event was to her that she should celebrate . . . champagne or not.

     And then, someone on her list of friends made the comment that she should also include some champagne in her toddler’s sippy cup to insure she would have more times for her own uninterrupted rest. This is an indicator of just how uneducated and unaware some people are when it comes to drugs. Yes, alcohol is a drug, only in liquid form.

     Alcohol has the effect of anesthetizing the brain. And so does Ambien, Lunesta, Seconal, Rozerem, Sonata, Silenor and even some benzodiazepines such as Halciom, Restoril, and Xanax. How many parents would administer any of these addictive and harmful drugs to a toddler to get them to sleep? Doing so would be illegal. It would not be surprising to discover that there are, indeed, a few who would give them to their child for their own self-serving benefit without considering the dangers imposed on the child. And right about now, someone is thinking: “But it’s only wine (or beer) and it isn’t that much.” Alcohol is alcohol regardless of the clothes it wears.

     A child who has their first drink before the age of 15 has a four times greater chance of becoming addicted to it than one who doesn’t drink until a later age. That percentage increases the younger a person is when they first begin consuming alcohol and any type or amount. Alcohol plays havoc on the adult’s brain and internal organs so you can imagine what it could do to a child’s brain and internal organs that have not yet fully developed.

     But we are a drug oriented society completely consumed in a world of medication madness instituted by the pharmaceutical companies who pay off medical professionals to support their false claims of harmless yet so-called effective brain drugs. This in turn leads the rest of the medical profession to accept the findings of their peers and prescribe these drugs without full awareness of the overall effects, not only to those who take them, but to their family and friends as well.

     The ignorance about alcohol and its effect on the body and brain are totally unknown to most consumers. They simply believe that if it is legal to consume over the age of 21 that it is a relatively harmless and innocuous beverage. Yet it consistently kills over 50,000 drinkers a year and is the number one killer of those between the ages of 15 to 25.

     Instead of giving alcohol to a child to get them to go to sleep, why not change whatever it is that the parent has been doing all this time to attempt to get the child to sleep. No one, not even a child, can stay awake for 24 hours if they don’t have to. The body doesn’t naturally work that way. A child who refuses to go to sleep on his own does so because it serves a purpose or he wouldn’t do it. Like what? You ask. For the attention and the comfort of having Mom do whatever she does to get him to sleep.

     I recall the story Dr. Glasser told of his own very young granddaughter who didn’t want to go to bed when she was visiting his home. He told her, “This is grandpa’s house and you don’t have to go to bed if you don’t want to.” And she replied, “But Grandpa, what will I do?” Dr. Glasser told her, “Anything you want to do.” He reports she was soon fast asleep.

It all goes back to Choice Theory.      
     If someone is behaving in a way in which you disapprove, the first person to change must be yourself. Change what you want or change how you behave when you don’t get what you want. And that would be something to celebrate.


  1. Ruth Forshee

    Enjoyed the blog. Would like ti know more about the Choice Theory.

  2. I am glad that someone else remembers the story about Dr Glasser and his young grandchild going to sleep. I have told the story and people find it enlightening if somewhat surprising. Choice Theory in action by the master

  3. Kim

    Mike, I couldn’t agree more. Our culture has become too quick to medicate children for the convenience of the adults around them. When we do so, we are only treating the symptom, not the cause. Instead of looking at the behavior as the problem, I’d like to see more concern given to what the need is underlying the behavior.

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