So, last night I declared HH and I unfit for adulthood. Ever since we met, we've been saying that we need to go to bed earlier. We are tired ALL. THE. TIME. But 9 PM rolls around and we want to watch a show, or we get super chatty, or HH has to show me the latest game app on his phone, or....
So, I told him we needed parents to tell us when it's time for bed. He just laughed.
I kept thinking about it today, though. And I thought about how we help our kids with the things they struggle with the most. We provide added incentive. *Definitely not bribery!* And then my genius plan popped out.
HH has been wanting to take me on a cruise for almost as long as we been keeping each other up late. But I have a hard time justifying the cost and the timing is usually all wrong (difficult when I've been pregnant or breastfeeding for so much of our marriage!). So, today I told him that we will pick a cruise, determine the cost, and then begin a rewards system. We'll determine the reward amount and the appropriate bedtime. Every night that we are in bed by the set time (lights out, no talking!), we'll deposit the set amount into an account and once we reach our total, we'll go on our cruise! And hopefully, by then, going to bed at a reasonable time will be a habit and we'll live healthier, happier lives. You really can't put a price on that, so I can totally justify the cruise cost based on that logic.
Some might argue that it really doesn't make any sense, but it does to me. And sharing my genius plan with HH was my Joyful Moment. And, of course, he's totally on board (pun intended!).
Wishing you all Joyful Moments that involve a plethora of exclamation points inside parentheses (like this!)!