I WISH SOMEONE WOULD GIVE ME A BEDTIME!!!
TSK my son has been trying to negotiate a later bed time . He has been making subtle hints over the last couple of weeks that he feels that he should have a later bed time. He started off by dropping hints like “so mom, I am eight now…when I was seven my bed-time was 8:30pm right?” or “So mom…do most kids have their bedtime increased every year?” Of course I knew exactly where this conversation was going, so I chose to just give really brief yes or no answers, because I don’t know, I was just being a little difficult (sue me.) So finally my son is totally over me and my one word answers and he just asks “Mom can I stay up until 9:30; I am in 3rd grade now, and I think that I can handle it.” (It’s always funny to me how kids start to declare their age.) I of course said “no” and my follow-up statement made reference to an “8yr old growing boy such as yourself needing as much rest as possible to be as brilliant as you are.” Of course to my son thought this was just ridiculous (and I have to admit that it wasn’t one of my better explanations.) I could tell he was fighting the urge to say something else, but because I have been lecturing him about “always having some uberly witty response to say after every statement I make, which I consider back talk,” (regardless of if he does make perfect sense) he just kept quiet.