Something I read earlier reminded me of my father, specifically the many ways he used to trick me into going to sleep when I was a kid so I dug them out of the archive for your amusement.
1 – The Oven Timer Maneuver – When I was a kid my father a simple method of letting me know when it was time for bed, he’d set the timer on the oven and when it rang I knew it was bedtime.
When this first started he would wait until the evening, maybe around 8 o’clock and set the timer for half an hour later. After a while I knew that when I heard the bell it was bedtime and I’d drop everything and get into my pajamas. Once I got used to this my father’s genius kicked in…he just started setting the clock earlier and earlier. I was too young to know better and before long had me going to be around 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
2 – The Darkness Caper – I must have figured out the timer thing eventually because the bedtime rules changed from “bedtime when the alarm goes off” to “bedtime when it gets dark”, at least in the summer time. Of course I wasn’t aware of the built in unfairness of this system (it gets dark earlier every night) or the extra advantage my father had built into it. You see, at the time we were living in a basement apartment so at any given time we were no more than a few pieces of plywood over the windows from instant darkness and an early bedtime for me.
Pretty sneaky dad, but at least I know where I get it from. Do the parents out there have any similar tricks?