I just LOVE it when my kids do the right thing! Tonight my oldest was the only one to finish all his dinner, so when everyone else went to bed, me and 7 year old M got to play a game. I figured he was old enough to learn yhatzee. Boy did I hit the nail on the head! He LOVED that game. The first round he was still learning, but he caught on quick, and by the second game, he could decide if he wanted to try for a small straight, full house, or one of his numbers at the top. It really was a lot of fun, but by the time we finished our second game....it was 10:30pm. Yeah...a little late for a 7 year old to be up.
I told him it was time for bed, and I didn't want him to wake up X (they sleep in the same bed, and X was already down for the night), I told him he could sleep on the couch in the living room if he wanted. Sleeping on the couch for my boys is a HUGE treat, so he picked the couch. He asked if he could watch a movie to go to sleep and I told him that it was already to late. We already had fun time, and not it was time to sleep. I told him goodnight and he gathered up his stuff while I went down stairs to check my email.
As I was sitting on the computer, after about 3 minutes of being downstairs, I decided I better go make sure he didn't turn on the tv just because Mom wasn't watching. I head upstairs, and to my surprise, find every last light in the house off, and my son on the couch with his blanket! I thought, for sure, that he would have turned on a movie. He had enough time to get one started because I was downstairs. But he decided to listen to Mom, and go to bed. My whole heart was just jumping for joy. M is notorious for being sneaky, but tonight he made the right choice.
I smiled so big, gave him a great big hug, kissed his forehead, and thanked him for being such an honest boy. He has no idea how proud of him I am that he made that choice. It would have been so easy to sneak a movie and turn it WAY down so no one could hear. But he didn't! Great job M. I love you!