Parenting tip of the day - put down the Taser
I hope you'll agree that in the spirit of Friday it's entirely appropriate for me to offer this as today's parenting tip:
If your children act up at bedtime, don't resort to Tasering them.
A police officer from Arkansas apparently used his Taser to subdue a 10-year-old girl after being called to the house by the mother because the child refused to go to bed.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that we don't necessarily need to call the cops when our kids are resisting bedtime.
There have been times I've been alone with my two boys during bedtime when I would have been quite happy for the authorities to show up, flash a badge and speed things along a little. Perhaps a short speech slightly fudging the law ("Now, young man, you KNOW children aren't allowed to be awake past 8 p.m.") would open up a little window of Me Time in the following few evenings.
I say this having heard all manner of bedtime inflating excuses from "I'm lonely" to "My ear is hot," "I forgot to tell you something," and "I miss my other jammies."
I haven't called the police. Yet.