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Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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For right now, move your daughter into your room and shorten the gap between her bed time and her brother’s. Your son needs, I’m sorry, but it’s true, a very, very specific set of consequences for being disruptive. Being in his own room will help of course, the darkest of black-out curtains, and a visual aid as to when it’s okay to move a muscle are also good additions. It needs to be extremely unpleasant and not worth it for him to disrupt everyone else, basically. Every time. Every single time. Right now, he’s ruling the roost and and actually,… Read more »

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Agree! 2.5 and disruptive in the morning is a no go. I think splitting kids up for now is a good idea, but honestly it sounds like he really should be going to bed a little earlier (sleep begets sleep and all that). All of Amy’s suggestions are great, including quiet time in his new room while sister goes to sleep. We keep our kid bedrooms free of toys (and art supplies, Amy are you crazy lol) and relatively boring, as another way to signal that when we are in our bedrooms our job is to sleep. It does mean… Read more »