My husband and I always allow the kids to have free reign for their first week out of school during the summer. There are no real bed time rules or structure to our children’s day. They can play and just enjoy themselves. We both believe that they deserve to be rewarded for all of their hard work. But I wanted to share a funny story about our mouse at play.
Yesterday, I told all of the kids to go up to their rooms and go to bed at around 11:00 p..m. because Zaharah and Arman had a recital the following day. They all went to their rooms, but then Arman came down a short while later and lay next to me on the couch. He had trouble sleeping.
My husband and I fell asleep watching a movie, and we woke up around 3:30 a.m. When Malik picked up sleeping Arman and walked to the stairs, he noticed the lights in my son Arshad’s room were still on. Malik also could tell that Arshad’s computer was still on. As he started up the stairs, he heard Arshad quickly close his computer, shut off his lights, and jump into his bed. He obviously hadn’t gone to bed and had been playing video games the entire time. Not wanting to give Arshad the personal satisfaction that we were onto him, Malik walked by Arshad’s room and put Arman in his bed. Soon Arshad emerged from his bed, rubbing his eyes and speaking in a slow, sleepy voice, “Daddy, Daddy? Can I have some water?” My husband answered, “Sure, you can get it yourself. Just pretend that you weren’t sleeping and that you were playing Pokemon on the computer the whole time.” Arshad made a sad attempt at coming across confused, asking, “What? What do you mean?” as he walked down the stairs. When Arshad came back to his room, Malik asked, “So what time did you go to sleep?” “I don’t know. I have no idea. I just fell asleep,” Arshad replied. “You don’t have ANY idea? Was it 12? Was it 1?” “I think it was 11.” “Really? ‘Cause at 11, you were playing the Wii downstairs. So what time did you go to bed? Was it 3:30?” Malik asked. “O.k. fine, Dad, you got me,” Arshad said sheepishly.
Arshad loves to stay awake super late. He can stay up literally all night reading a book, playing video games, or watching TV. We’ll have to worry about him at college. He definitely has a party animal spirit.