Desperate times call for desperate measures. And any sleep-deprived parent will tell you they are desperate for sleep indeed.
One mom from Pasco, Wash., decided to write her kids a note in an attempt to get some extra zzzz. Samantha Manville said that she and her husband aren't night owls, but on Friday night they found themselves awake at 2 a.m. Their kids -- Alexia, 10 and Liam, 8 -- usually rise at 7 a.m., so the parents put their heads together to come up with the note that might get them a little more shut eye.
The note specifically instructs their children "do not knock and wake up before 10 a.m. unless there is a real EMERGENCY!"
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The note reads, "To answer your questions:
- You can have cereal for breakfast
- Yes, you can watch TV / play Wii
- No, you may not go to your friends house
- No you cannot have a baggie of snacks from the pantry, those are for lunches (yes I mean those ones)
- You can have an orange for a snack. That means one (1) each!
Alexia - don't antagonize your brother.
Liam -- don't be a whiner . . . or at least not 2 loud [sic] one.
We Love you!"
So did it work?
"I looked at the clock when I woke up and it was 10:06," said Manville. "We made it."
But the note isn't going to be a regular thing. "It was a one-time thing and we got away with it, " Manville said. "But if the kids start to see it all the time they'll just start to ignore it."
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