Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Not a School Night Mom

Here is our most recent dilemma, if you can call it that….I’m calling it that!

If you read the post about it, you know that Jack has gone back to pre-school part time. He goes three days a week.  Our general bed time routine involves reading two books in bed before tuck in. Jack has a way of dragging this out.  I have no idea how he manages to follow along with all the questions he ask through a book reading.  IMG_0093

When he started back to school, I decided to make it one book on school nights.  This has caused utter confusion in the little guys mind. I thought nothing of calling the night before school a “school night”.  He on the other hand points out to me that he didn’t have school that day, so it is NOT a school night. He thinks I’m tricking him, he actually says that…”your tricking me mom”!

So every “school night” I explain it again…him sitting in his bed with his arms crossed over his chest in a huff.  I’m thinking of making up a new name so as to avoid this time sucking routine.  I think I spend as much time explaining and RE explaining this concept, that I could have just gone ahead and read three books!

So I’m trying to come up with a new name to signify the need to get to bed in a timely fashion because you can’t sleep until 10 in the morning!  I’m drawing a blank….even as I sit here really focusing on it, I’m drawing a blank. I’m taking him to school now and will discuss it with him on the way and report back.

Back from dropping Jack at school. We discussed, he said “you decide”…*sigh*, so I ran a few past him and it looks like we’re settling on “early night” which isn’t catchy and isn’t what I was looking for.

I would love some input on this if anyone has a fresh idea. I’m all out of fresh! If you would, leave me your suggestions? Or…should I just stick with “school night” and wait for him to get it? After all, I never made up fake names for stuff for the others when they were young.

15 comments:

  1. Oh...the joys of parenthood. Isn't it strange how each child has different needs? I'm sorry I'm not much help, just wanted to wish you luck!

    Have a wonderful week! :)

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  2. The idea that he thinks that you're tricking him is too cute! We haven't reached school age yet, so I have no suggestions, though. Sorry.

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  3. Hi Sheree, I loved your dilemma with Jack. I like it's a school night, he will catch on

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  4. Empower him! Make a calendar he can manipulate with your help. He will love it - knowing when and what to expect. I so wish I had learned that so early. =:-)

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  5. Verna, that is a great idea and something I didn't even think about! Much better idea than making up a new phrase...*g*

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  6. I would stick with "school night" it is a phrase that I think most parents use. He will catch on. That way in the future if he needs to he can tell someone "I can't, it's a school night" and everyone will be on the same page. Breathe. :)

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  7. Thanks guys! Cindy and Em, of course you're right about just keeping the given name. Some days I'm not sure what's gotten into me. Raising Jack is so very different than when I was doing it with 4 at a time. A bit like over kill maybe? I need to take note of that..

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  8. Hey Sheree!
    Too cute! I agree with the ladies, he'll catch on. I do love Verna's idea though! I might store that in my memory bank and use it for the boys. My girl was easy, these two boys.... no words to describe them! Haha! I sometimes feel like I'm living in the I Love Lucy episode when she's watching Ricky's nephews and they tie her up playing Indians.
    Can't wait to read your next post! :)
    xo, Amber

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  9. Oh Amber! That's just too darn funny, and what a vision of Lucy!! I had forgotten about that episode..:)

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  10. Pansy Cottage GirlJuly 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    I really like the calendar. You could color code it or put stickers on extra book night? Let us know what works.

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  11. I don't know. I always have called it a "school night", or often I say "school tomorrow".

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  12. Thanks Penny. I think I had momentary craziness even posting this silly post. I really need to let this child grow up and stop catering to his every whim or belly ache! ;)
    Hope your son is doing well.

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  13. Ahh, nothing like bacon wrapped around aparagus. Isn't that insulting to the concept of a vegetable? HEHEHE

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  14. Your so funny rel..
    And I know Greeks eat prosciutto! ;)

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  15. How 'bout "Get-ready-for-school Night"!!! Sometimes simple just works!!!

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