Thursday, August 4, 2011
Parenting Tips: In Praise of F.O.B.
When I was a child and teen my parents called it a "reading nap." My older kids resented anything with the word "nap" in it so I stole and adapted the term summer camps often use: "F.O.B." At summer camps "F.O.B." stands for Feet on Bunk. In my house it stands for Feet on Bed. What is Feet on Bed?
1. 30 to 60 minutes of respite for everyone from everyone.
2. Their feet must stay on their bed for whatever the specified time is. [I've even done it with just 15 minutes when desperate.]
5. I set their alarm clocks so they know when time is up. [Otherwise "Is it time yet?" will become as frustrating as the traditional "Are we there yet?"] Hint: Also be sure to have each child use the bathroom before heading in to avoid the other obvious ploy.
6. On hot days it will cool you down, in cold seasons you can cuddle in and get cozy warm.
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