Thursday, December 13, 2012

Better Bedtime

My 11-year old used to complain about how "early" I make him go to bed.  He would drag out his bedtime routine (bathroom, brush teeth, read for 15 minutes, lights out), moaning and groaning the whole time. Then, at his request, we got a puppy and he was responsible for putting the puppy to bed. He established a pre-bed routine (last walk, brush teeth, play with a specific toy, take off collar) and was dismayed that the puppy didn't follow his rules.  One night, as he was (yet again) trying to persuade his overactive pup to settle down, he suddenly realized that the dog's recalcitrance and foot-dragging echoed his own.  He hasn't complained about his own bedtime since.

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