A MESSAGE FROM THE BANNER BARON
While my three sons have been enjoying their holiday “vacation” from school, I’ve been taking notes on their behavior so I’ll be better prepared for next year.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. If two or more boys under the age of ten temporarily “go missing”, check the bathrooms first. Toilets are an endless source of entertainment and substantial damage can be inflicted in a surprisingly short period of time.
2. Noise equals fun, quiet equals trouble. When the noise level falls, parents should immediately go on alert. Chances are something is amiss.
3. When “group buy in” is necessary for a particular activity, convince the eldest child first and the younger ones will follow his lead. Use treats if necessary.
4. Pajamas have a calming effect on youngsters, as they are associated with periods of rest and minimal exertion. Early morning. Nap time. Bedtime. Respect their soothing power and use it wisely. There is no greater catalyst for a change in behavior than a change of clothing.
And here’s one I learned a couple of days ago. The traditional celebratory trappings of New Year’s Eve can easily be staged at an earlier hour to ensure a reasonable bedtime. Use it to teach the concept of “time zones”. Besides, your kids don’t know who Ryan Seacrest is anyway. I wish I didn’t. Tell me again why this guy is a star?
The Banner Baron