Yesterday, Ashley had a really good day. She was quite well-behaved, while her two siblings were....well, not. So, in an effort to reward such good behavior, we decided to let Ashley stay up late and watch a DVD on the tv in our bedroom. (In an effort to preserve our sanity, the boys got shipped off to bed early. I'm not gonna say how early, but let's just say Wheel of Fortune may have been on at the time.)
Anyway, Ashley was extremely excited about her good fortune. And in keeping with the day's theme of good behavior, she selected a DVD to watch that any mother would be proud of:
A Scholastic DVD based on the classic children's book "Goodnight Gorilla."
People, you can't get much better than letting your kids watch a DVD based on a book. It's practically like reading to them. And you don't need to actually do anything! (Especially if your kid also knows how to use the remote).
So there Ashley was, all snuggled up in our bed, getting read to by the good people at Scholastic. Scott and I gave her a kiss goodnight and escaped back downstairs.
A little while later, she called down to tell us that the movie was over. Since we encourage self-sufficiency in our children, we called back up and told her to turn it off and that she could just go to sleep in our bed.
All was well.
Until a little bit later, when Scott went upstairs to get something and realized that Ashley had turned off the DVD player. But not the TV. And there she sat, wide-eyed in our bed, watching an episode of The Family Guy.
"Daddy, did you know I've already watched TWO of these?"
Yes. Parents of the Year, right here. Hopefully "Goodnight Gorilla" counteracted some of the effects and we'll wind up with a moderately normal child..