"Can we read a book now?"

Wherein I express strongly-held opinions on bedtime stories

“Can we read a book now?”

This is the point when I know I’ve been had. 

Every night as a parent of small children is a complex series of negotiations. You can have dessert if you eat your carrots. You can watch a show if you clean your room. You can have my wallet and car keys if I can have 12 seconds of silence.

Frequently, these are negotiations of time…

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