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June 2, 2014

CRIB NOTES: A complicated relationship with bedtimes

Tonawanda News — Bedtime and I have never gotten along. As far back as I can remember, I always sought another angle to sneak an additional hour out of the night.

I remember having bedtimes for a while. And I remember routinely averting them. In time, my parents stopped fretting about such things, at least during the summer months, and I was up until 2 a.m. or later every night.

Now, these were the days before the Internet or digital cable (and in our house, there wasn’t any cable at all for a while). So I had nothing much to do other than watch infomercials and play some cards. But I reveled in watching the BluBlocker rap and seeing just how effective that Stainarator was at getting grass out of pants, simply getting satisfaction out of dodging sleep once again.

So when Penny and Rigby look to postpone their slumber, I can relate. But now, on the other side of the coin, I can’t completely condone, either.

In their cases, the distractions are plentiful. There are iPods, “Lego Batman” video games, multiple dogs and infinite cable TV stations and their on-demand brethren (one advantage to working for the cable company). And that’s not even taking into account once the weather turns nice like it is now, and there comes the call of the outdoors -- which is harder to ignore when you go to bed before sundown.

So if there is a way to give them an extra five minutes without hurting anything, I am wont to permit it. That’s doubly the case now that my schedule demands my work day start around 1 a.m., so I have to go to bed before them most nights and can distinctly feel the very same thing they’re feeling.

And, on those nights I do put them to bed, they pull every trick they have in their arsenals to push bedtime back a little bit longer. They try to engage me in discussions about their day that they avoided right after school. They put off going to the bathroom, then seemingly to decide their entire day’s worth of urine output needs to come 45 minutes after they should have been asleep. They get cranky and proclaim their everlasting hatred of me, only to pull me back in with a hug and kiss. And then they repeat once the desired effect has passed.

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