Monday, September 01, 2008

Parenting Tip #27

"Put us to bed Daddy!" my four year old gleefully announced prior to their bedtime.

You may be asking, "How in the world can I get MY kids to accept bedtime so eagerly?" I will share my experience with you, absolutely free. Nowhere else, but this blog, will you get such amazing advice.

Get bunk beds.

Since we're expecting Baby in October, we needed to compress space. My wife is an avid garage sale shopper, and she found a perfect solution for us, a bunk bed with a twin on top and a full on bottom, thus allowing for three boys in one room. My two older boys already shared a room and a full bed, but the youngest was very excited to join his brothers, and the novelty of the bunk beds fueled the older ones' interest. Tonight was the first night they get to experience this, and I about fell over when the above statement was shared with us!

Of course, I have no delusions about this blissful state lasting. And note, I didn't offer this excitement for bedtime as a permanent solution. But it should make bedtime for a few nights an anticipation, rather than trepidation...


  1. My brother and I shared a bunk bed and a room once my youngest brother entered the world. For a while there, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    Then the realization hit me that while the youngest had a room all to himself, I would never have my own room again.

  2. You are one smart daddy!