Language is the source of misunderstandings.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Perhaps this is why my kids don’t go to bed when I tell them to! One night last week I tried a different approach. The proclamation was made that for every 10 minutes after bedtime they were out of their beds, I would take a favorite toy for 24 hours.
Jacob acted as though I told him he would be banished from society for 10 years, and my ever thinking Joe asked if he could choose the toy to be taken. When we got past the negotiation stage and I gave it my best “I really mean this, so don’t try me” face, I felt confident bedtime would be smoother.
And guess what? No misunderstandings! Bed on time. No confiscated toys in my possession. No whining children in the morning. Now, if only I had the stamina to fight this battle every night, we’d be in business. Kids just wear you down!