There is a certain amount of flexibility, but this is the default, despite constant objections and surreptitious attempts to create a fait accompli.
At this time, the authorities (that would be us parents) are uncompromising. As long as it remains challenging to wake children in the morning, the official bedtimes remain the same.
Today, a certain child was waiting to use the computer. While that child was waiting, the child turned on the television (without permission).
At 8:30, I finished using the computer and instructed my child to go get ready for bed.
The child was upset that I did not grant access to the computer.
I maintain that the child knows the parameters of our evening schedule and that the child is old enough to watch the time and fulfill all obligations.
Had the child gotten ready for bed, rather than watching television, there would have been no conflict over the computer.
When we started going around in circles, I ended the
The child quickly got ready for bed, and went onto the computer for 3 minutes, which turned into at least half an hour, since Moshe is not home with dinner yet.
What would you do?
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,