Why is your blog is called, “Not Before 7”?
The answer to this question was published on my original blog on August 11, 2007. I dug it out of the archives to publish here. At the time this post was written, my children were 4.5 years old, just about 3 years old, and 9 months old.
I am not a morning person. I never was.
I don’t function well in the morning, at least, not before 7 AM.
Therefore, our house rule is that children can not enter our bedroom until there is a 7 on the clock.
We taught this rule to our kids as soon as they could read the “7” on the digital clock. Some pretty memorable and funny moments occurred as the kids learned to obey the clock rule.
Introducing the Kids to Not Before 7
We taught the 7 AM rule to our oldest child, Kayleigh, first.
We borrowed a digital clock from a room down the hall and set it up in her bedroom. We showed her the digit “7” and explained that when she woke up, she had to remain in her room until she saw a 7 on the clock.
We gave her a big ‘ole talk about staying in her bed in the morning if there was a 6, or worse yet, a 5 on the clock. She was very excited about her clock and was staring at it when we left. A few minutes later, we heard the sound of her feet running down the hall above us. She scampered into our bedroom, noticed we weren’t in the room, and scurried back to bed. Curious to know what happened, I trudged up the stairs and into Kayleigh’s room.
Look, Mom! There’s a 7.
I looked at her clock. It was 8:17. I laughed.
Of course, it wouldn’t be as funny at 6:17 AM, so I grabbed a piece of duct tape to cover the last two digits on the clock. Now there would be no question about which “7” she needed to look for. You gotta love the many uses of duct tape!
You gotta love the many uses of duct tape!
Two years later, it was time to teach the rule to Tricia. We explained the rule about the clock and this time, put more emphasis on the position of the 7. Then we left the room.
Within a few moments, we heard little feet running down the hall. I climbed up the stairs and found Tricia standing in the hall excitedly announcing, “There is a 7.”
I walked with her back to the room and the clock said, “8:18”.
Tricia stopped cold and yelled, “Oh no, it’s gone!” I laughed out loud. She was so distraught about the missing 7.
Then, I blocked off the last 2 digits again. This time, I used a nearby picture frame to cover them.
The rule seems to be working fairly well these days. Of course, in 2 more years, our little David will be ready to learn!
It is interesting to note that my rule follower, Kayleigh, repositions the frame each night to perfectly block the last two digits. She won’t go to sleep if the frame isn’t in place…funny child!
There you have it, folks. One way to sum up this momma when it comes to blogging, homeschooling, and general parenting…
I am ALL in, but Not Before 7.
2017 LIFESTYLE UPDATE: These days you could retitle my blog “Not Before 8”. I’ve been spoiled by my homeschooling lifestyle and children who self-entertain in the morning…ahem.
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