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Jennifer E. Thomas
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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Evan petitioned us today

Evan presented us with the following petition today, written in school as an exercise in persuasive argument:

I have been told by my brothers that they are allowed to use their MP3 players in bed, but I can't read in bed. However, they can, on their MP3 players, look at pictures, watch videos, and in the case of Ian, read text documents. This seems a little unfair to me.

I am writing this to ask permission to have a light and be able to read for 30 minutes after lights out to even things out a little.

- Evan

Damned good persuasive argument from a ten year old, wouldn't you say?

However, the answer was no. Because his brothers were taking advantage of something I told them several months ago:

That they can listen to music on their MP3 players for thirty minutes after lights out on NON SCHOOL NIGHTS. Apparently they expanded this to mean watch video and read text stuff on them as well, every night.

So we've corrected this, and Evan is just as welcome to listen to music on his MP3 player on non school nights as his brothers are.

But still, I'm impressed with how he handled this.

Borderline symptom of the day: impressedimpressed

Wow! I'm highly impressed by how well thought out and to the point he was! At that age, I would've thrown a hissy fit and yelled and cried to try and get my way. Good on Evan for how he handled this. :D

Go get the others for taking advantage of the rules. LOL

Does he have time before the official bedtime to read? Perhaps make "bedtime" 30 minutes earlier and "lights out" at the regular time? I know making those changes at their age is just a joke but maybe it will show him that he can have the time to read if he makes the adjustment to do it beforehand. *shrug*

Very mature for a 10 year old tho. I'm impressed!

The kid reads pretty much all day long. :)

Smart kid. You train him well. What sort of treats do you use as positive reinforcement? My doglet prefers cut up weiner. You might try that. ;-p