bedtime: glaring inconsistencies

“Why do we have to go to bed when it’s still light out?” my five-year-old asked.

“Because mommy wants you to be well rested,” I said.

“How come you’re worried about us, but you don’t get enough sleep?”

“You’re right – sometimes I stay up too late because I have a lot of work to do.”

“Tonight you should go to sleep at 7:30, like us,” he suggested.

“Grown-ups don’t need as much sleep as children.”

“Why not?”

“That’s the way we were made. Maybe it was meant to be a gift for the grown-ups.” (Those precious hours between when elementary aged kids go to bed and when you do are a gift, aren’t they?)

“It’s not a gift for me!” he said.


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