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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, August 18, 2006
Who Me?
M is away tonight for her first ever sleepover. Last night she was so excited that she couldn't get to sleep; we heard her singing and clapping her hands. I'm not sure what she will get up to, but she won't want for company, A has five brothers and sisters. D has said she is missing her all ready, it will be the first time in six years that M will not wake up with us.

I'm excited for her and happy that she is so looking forward to it, but maybe I'm a bad parent because I know that I can lie in tomorrow and the other thing is we have lost our little lever. All this week M has been extra good because one of us might have said "If you want to go to A's house...."

Bad, bad parent!!!
 
  posted at 11:42 am
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7 Comments:
At 12:45 pm, Anonymous Tanna said...

Lost your lever - I'm sure there will be another soon enough. How is that a bad parent? I think it's a good parent who is with it enough to identify those little levers.
So, I say good, good parent!!! Enjoy your sleep in!!

 
At 11:33 pm, Blogger pentacular said...

The worst thing about a lever is when you threaten but don't go through with the threat. The kids know you are just bluffing and then any lever you use has to get more and more diabolical. The levers only make later discipline problematic and then no sleep ins for you. However, I have yet to meet a parent who doesn't use them.

 
At 1:19 am, Blogger Angela said...

Levers are a parents best friend!!

How exciting for M! I still remember my first sleepover
.....such a fun, big step for both M and you guys.

Enjoy your lie in - after 6 years, you do deserve a bit of rest! ;)

 
At 10:53 am, Blogger Laurie said...

Don't feel guilty about sleeping late tomorrow. Sounds like you guys deserve it.

 
At 10:11 am, Blogger Reb said...

Judging from my friends who have kids the 'sleepover' is a misnomer because there is no sleeping done if it's successful. And don't worry - your turn for the speepless-night-sleepover return match will probably arrive soon enough.

 
At 7:36 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi tanna, thanks for your support. Yes, we did enjoy our lie in too.

Hi pentacular, sounds like a game of poker, bluffing, increase the stakes, it only falls apart when they call you!

Hi angela, I guess parents aren't equipped with too many tools, so we have to use whatever we can. The lie in was really nice ;)

Hi laurie, yeah, I reckon we earned it too!

Hi reb, spot on there! Apparently they were both awake until eleven. The next day her friend sacked us as parents and informed us that M was going to live with her from now on.

 
At 2:50 am, Blogger Shell said...

From what i have seen you are a superb parent, but "bad" always does have an exciting edge to it, eh? *grin. Maybe i am a drongo, but if it worked then i don't see how you lost a lever ... didn't you reinforce a rewarding achievement and an option for pre-thought? I so hope you got a lie-in!

 

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