I just want to give a big shout out to my wife for tonight’s display of darn good parenting. This is the brilliant stuff that Armin Brott and the Sears’ would never have the guts to put in one of their books.
I stepped out earlier to pick up the laundry and some dinner (we’ve been so busy cleaning and getting ready for the holiday that we forgot to cook!). When I returned home my wife was telling the boy that it was 7:00 and that he had 30 minutes until bedtime. My son’s bedtime is law, seven days a week, and he takes it as such. Seven o’clock is when you start to wind down and get ready for bed. And when the big hand is on the six and the little one is on the seven you are under the covers. What he didn’t know was that it was actually 6:00. After putting the boy in the shower, the wife seized her opportunity and moved all the clocks in the apartment ahead one hour.
I was a little disoriented at first, then I was utterly impressed. My wife had pushed manipulated time. Then she simply said “He’s been fussing and carrying on all day. He needs to go to bed. I can’t take it anymore.” I don’t care what anyone says, that was awesome. The boy was snoring by 6:33. We’ve been relaxing for the last four hours.
In my experience, whenever I get over as a parent, I ultimately pay for it. When the boy is standing next to your bed wide awake 2 hours earlier than usual – that extra hour you got to yourselves the night before might not seem so wonderful. I know that’s what has happened to me anytime I’ve managed to get either of my girls to bed early. It always seems like such a great idea – until some little person is saying, “Mommy! I’m up!” at 5am.
Your wife is BRILLIANT!
Sneaky. I like it!
ooooh, putting that on my ‘when I become a parent book’!!! lol good stuff
I’ll have to remember that one when the littlest one is older. I have to say, that was pretty clever.
Great story! The only thing I don’t understand is why you think I wouldn’t include that kind of anecdote in one of my books.
Great blog, nice to see other black fathers in the blogosphere…I will come back and visit.
Nominate that woman for a Nobel prize!
That really was genious. Did he sleep until the normal time in the morning?
Brilliant parenting indeed! I’m taking notes 🙂
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. 🙂
I’ve gotta say that I’m particularly impressed by the fact that this was so thorough and successful. From the way you’ve described your son, I’d imagine that anything short of perfect strategizing and plan implementation would’ve shown up on his radar, thus marking the end of life as you know it.
perfect! she’s a genius! 🙂
That is genius! I’m so impressed.
Hope y’all have a wonderful day tomorrow.
However, you could take it one step farther and keep them all ahead! Mu-ahahahahahah!
Man that might be the key to brining black families together. Especially when it comes to the husband and wife spending more time together. Although our 4 are in the pre-teen/ten years it is still a mother’s duty to focus more on QT with the children whilr the husband gets the change left over.
I have come to accepting that although I know GOD has another change up his sleeve.
Hats off to you and yours.
Bending the rules of time and space if fair game for a parent of a toddler!! Well done!!