The morning effect…. previous night promises of a 4 year old

“But mommy, I promise if you let me watch this movie I will be in a happy mood in the morning. Not grumpy. OK? It’s a deal you know.”

Famous last words.

Whether it’s a movie, a book, ice cream, another drink or snuggle time the promises my child makes to try and stay up just a little bit later cracks me up!

He is often times so tired when he makes these promises that reminding him the following morning can be a challenge.

So do I really let him stay up late? NO! I just start my process earlier!

Boy: “Mommy it’s still light outside why are we taking my bath now?! It’s supposed to be dark!”

Me: “Well honey pie, the days are getting longer and gee it is still a bit light out when I tuck you in, that’s why we read or I sometimes let you watch a movie!”

Him: “You’re so cool mommy! You’re the best mommy ever!”

Do I feel guilt for this? Absolutely not! He’s 4 1/2 and though it thrills me he’s so intelligent, it also scares the crap out of me!

So how do I handle the promises made? By reminding him of what he won’t get if he gets crazy on me that morning or during the day. No book reading, no movie just straight to bed.

It seems that is the Worst thing in the world to him! He has had it happen a few times and prefers to think he got one up on me by our reading time or getting to watch that movie.

I can live with that!


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