Last night Malia sat me down because she had something really important to discuss with me. I had a hard time keeping a straight face because she was so serious about it. I kinda felt like when I was little and my parents (usually my dad) would sit me down to talk about something bad I'd done. It was a weird feeling to get when hearing "We need to talk about something important" from the rugrat.
The conversation went something like this:
Malia: I've been doing some calculating (Yes, she said it) and I want to talk to you about my bedtime.
Me: Oh yeah? What have you been calculating?
Malia: I figured out that with my current bedtime (8:30) I get XX amount of time with you each weekday if I add in the time we spend driving to daycare and the time we spend driving home from daycare and XX amount of time with you on the weekends. That's a total of XX time each week.
Me: Really? That much time?
Malia: Yes, but I am thinking that if you move my bedtime to 9:00 I would then get an extra 30 minutes a day and then it would be a total of XX time each week.
Me: When did you figure this out?
Malia: Oh, I did it in my head while I was in the shower. So, what do you think? Do you think I could switch my bedtime?
Me: Well, I think it's a possibility. How about this? Bedtime stays 8:30 during the week until school is out, but we can change it to 9:00 for the weekends. When school is out you can have 9:00 during the week, and I'll let you have 9:30 on the weekends.
Malia: Really? 9:30?
Me: Yes, but all of this is dependent on attitude and behavior. So, if you don't do your chores and you don't listen to me and do what I ask, then we'll change it back.
I left out the actual time measurements because I can't for the life of me remember. Also, she doesn't know that the "concessions" I made were what I already had planned except for changing current weekends to 9:00. I just hadn't planned on telling her anything until after school was out. The fact that she spent the time to figure it all out and that she put it in terms of time spent with me impressed me so I gave her the 9:00 weekends. Oh, and yes, she did indeed use words like calculate and totaled not on the daily, but the weekly time differences. She cracks me up!