flarenut (flarenut) wrote,

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At least he's not burning down his bed

So I walk down the hall to my office a few minutes ago, and there's C lying on the floor in his doorway, with blanket and pajamas, reading a book. His nominal bedtime is 7-something, and the light goes out in his room after I read with him for a couple chapters of something, so this is his solution to obeying the lights-out rule and still spending a couple hours awake after bedtime every night.

I'd like to bring out the cattle prod (we had one when I was a kid; it was for the dog, and didn't work on him either), but I can remember my own youthful self lying in bed pondering the mysteries of the universe (like why I would choke if I ate english muffins in bed) or making up stories in which I was usually some kind of spy, or imagining pictures on the ceiling and calling it television. (We didn't have a set till I was in 2nd or third grade, so what did I know, except for the name?) And I can't really disapprove of him reading, of all the things he might do.

Mostly, as long as he's not bothering anyone else it's not a big deal. But perhaps that's where my resentment ultimately comes from: on any given night when B has been up at midnight, 230 and 5, I would like nothing more than to collapse into bed after C has had his bath and gotten his pj's on. But I'm damned if I can go to bed while my four-year-old is still up and chipper.
Tags: reading, sleep, tlb

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