But it’s still light! (And other arguments that don’t work)

Anyone with kids has heard it a few million times around this time of year (or in October? if you live in the southern hemisphere). When trying to get your creatures to bed at a decent hour they realize it’s not dark, yet. They don’t have to be taught this argument, they don’t pick it by overhearing it. They just know. “Time to get ready for bed,” I say. “But it’s still light outside!” comes the reply. Then they dawdle and dilly dally and do everything short of running away to try to stay up until it’s dark. Combine that with the warm weather that is finally here and they think they’re on summer vacation! Every night it’s, “Can we have a bonfire?” or “Can I stay up late?” No and no, you have school tomorrow. Then it’s “I’m hungry.” and Crash will try to eat us of house and home in order to stay up. He’s not hungry, he just doesn’t want to go to bed!

“But the neighbors are still outside,” is another one that doesn’t work. I’m not the neighbor’s parent, so if they’re still outside that’s fine by me. But it’s time for you to come in to get ready for bed so you can get up at 6 am for no apparent reason. “But I’ll hear them outside and I won’t be able to get to sleep.” Good one bud. But your window will be closed, your air purifier will be on as will be your fan. You won’t hear them.

“But everyone else has one.” Nice try. We haven’t given in to the Minecraft craze, yet. Crash has almost broken us a few times, though. Once, we told if he cleaned up the toys in the basement he could get it. He went to the basement for a couple hours, but nothing got picked up. So we didn’t have to get it then. He received money for his first communion and asked if he could get Minecraft. We told him okay, but there would be limitations to it It’s a never ending game that he would, no doubt, waste hours and hours upon. However, he ended up forgetting about it and asked to go to Wal-Mart and got Legos instead. It doesn’t matter to me what everyone else has or does, it’s what’s best for him.

So many arguments, so little time. It’s Friday which means he’ll be asking to stay up late, just as he has every day this week. Chances are good I’ll let him tonight. The Orioles play the Rays tonight so I’ll let him stay up to watch some of it while we put his new Lego set together again. (I put it together a couple nights ago but Bang destroyed it in one of his fits of frustration)

Are there any arguments you have repeatedly? How do you respond?


15 thoughts on “But it’s still light! (And other arguments that don’t work)

  1. I have to deal with a kid not wanting to go to bed, constantly wanting to steal food from us when she’s already eaten, and always asking for food we don’t have. She won’t accept no for an answer.

    And when I was a kid, I went to bed before sunset in summer. Sunset was around 11pm.

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    • Crash is such a night hawk. Unfortunately, he’s also a morning worm and the two don’t mix well. He will get to stay up late tomorrow as well. It’s Relay for Life from noon to midnight and he’s on the all kids team. Otherwise it usually is only once a week.

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  2. I head
    I hear “but it’s still light outside at bedtime” and “but it’s like outside” at the crack of dawn. SLEEP, kid!

    Both LM and I have Minecraft for each of our consoles but haven’t really gotten into it. Has Crash gotten into Disney Infinity? Omg those things will milk you dry and now 3.0 is out.

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    • I can’t wait for his teen years when he’s trying to sleep until noon. I’ll be waking him up in revenge!

      Yeah. We have the first and second Skylanders and Disney infinity. Not many characters for each, mind you. What a money racket! And I don’t think it will be much longer before Crash has Minecraft.


  3. Hey, it’s as if they get a lesson in all those things before they are born. Some kind of a guide book in all languages to make sure they know all those excuses by heart. You are right, all of them use all of those excuses. Or try to. No matter if European, American, Australian… Interesting. Having said that, I kind of understand the struggle of going to bed while it’s still nice and light outside…


  4. Wow. What memories! I remember the ‘it’s not dark out’ argument very well indeed. I also remember what my Mom said in reply: ‘Prince Charles of England is sixteen and he goes to bed at 6:30!’ I thought Prince Charles was a royal pain.

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