Tuesday, March 25, 2008

5:00 AM!

Well, I think we've started on a new phase of parenting. I don't have a name for it, but so far it has provided Dan & I with immense amusement!

Jake spent the night with a friend and made the bad choice of staying up until 5:00 AM! After just four hours of sleep, they were back up and playing.

Neither Dan or I were thrilled when we heard this-from Jake's own mouth. I am not sure if he was bragging, thinking it was cool, or if (thankfully) he still wants to tell us everything.

I don't know about you, but I don't do very well on 4 hours of sleep and we had a busy day planned. We had a birthday party and then were going to Sat. night service. Jake was a little groggy during the party but the ride to church put him to sleep. I have a saying that I use frequently with my husband and now am starting to with my children "I have no sympathy for self-induced misery". Dan picked up on that and decided to have a little "fun" with Jake on the way to church. As soon as Jake would start to nod off, Dan would either slam on the brakes, swerve or blast the radio.

Since Jake didn't get a nap in the van, he had a hard time staying awake during the service. I don't think it is too much to expect him to stay awake for an hour and participate. Normally, I think he would have been willing to, but since he was sooo tired this was an long hour! It was distracting also, because as he would start to nod off, Dan would attempt a wet-willy, plug his nose, or some other sort of bothersome thing. I was trying not to laugh and Luke couldn't stop laughing.

Now, I am not sure if these methods are endorsed by any parenting experts, but we did find them amusing and Jake did too. Is it bad to be amused at the sake of your child? Dan and Jake did have a discussion later about good choices and bad choices and consequences for your actions -like not being able to stay the night with his friend for a while.


shell said...

Sounds like parenting at our house! I would endorse it-maybe that would be bad. :) I am just laughing that I was sitting next to you at church and didn't realize all of this fun was happening right next to me! :)

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