Nothing is more satisfying to me, as a dad, than coming home after work and my son running up to greet me. It’s one of the things I look forward to every day. But when it comes to getting ready for bed time, I start to dread it. And I don’t mean the “settling him down part”. That’s easy. It’s the “watching a movie” part” I hate. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because it’s a vicious cycle that there is no end to. Don’t believe me? See the following sequence:
- You get excited over a new movie
- You begin quoting the movie
- You begin quoting the movie with the kids
- You use the movie as an analogy in real life situations…with other adults
- You begin humming the theme song
- You get a nervous twitch when the movie title is brought up
- You begin hiding the movie to “trick” the kid to watch something else…but he finds it anyway.
- You begin haggling with him to do any else but watch the movie again…so you buy a new movie.
- See number 1…
So parents I ask you. What would you do to break the cycle? Is there an end to it outside of the kids growing up? I’ll admit this post is just sarcasm, but it has some truth to it. When your kid starts watching the same movie over and over again and you buy another movie and begin again…how do you end it/cope with it? Inquiring minds want to know!