Tag Archives: Kids

Bribery at Six

8 Oct

The Hubby and I try to set a routine for our kids as far as bedtime goes, and for the most part its smooth sailing. For school nights, it is 8 o’clock lights out, or on weekends, it’s 9 o’clock. Usually by 7:45pm they should be done brushing their teeth and be climbing in beds. That way we have 15 minutes to read.

The Hubby is much better in implementing this rule, whereas I usually let them hang out with me till 8:30pm. (or as The Hubby calls it ‘Stalling Tactic’)
Yes, I am a pushover when it comes down to bedtime. I just feel with my work schedule usually I don’t come home until 6:30, and 1 hour is not enough for me to see the kids, play with them, or just simply spend time with them. Call me selfish, it doesn’t matter…I figure a half hour less sleep in exchange for a half hour of quality time is a fair trade.

Anyway, this Friday night, Trinity and I were playing downstairs…when all of the sudden he asked me:

Trinity: Mom, can I stay up later tonight?

Me: No…

T: You know mom… I have an idea, I will give money If you let me stay up later.

Me: What money?

T: My whole savings…deal?

I could not believe my ears when I hear him trying to wheel and deal even resorted to bribery in order to get what he wants… I guess one can look at him as being ‘resourceful’…either way, The Hubby said he got that from me…I will not disagree. God help me…

Dad’s Two Cents…

12 Jun

Your children can innocently say some of the most amazingly funny things.  I’m always looking forward to the next great quote that might come about.  The Wife and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful children.  I’ve had to unfortunately spend a fairly significant amount of time over the last year and a half travelling for work, and there is nothing better than to have The Wife tell me when I call her, “Guess what Trinity said today”.  “You’re not going to believe what Bambino did”.   It really puts life in to perspective and makes you realize how lucky you are to be a parent.

To give you little background on our kids’ names, let me digress for a moment.  Trinity and Bambino were the main characters in the Italian Western They Call Me Trinity and its sequel Trinity is still my name.  Our children are nicknamed as they are based on the eating habits of the main characters.  The 5 year old is Trinity and the 3 year old is Bambino. 

The movie reminded me quite a bit of my own upbringing.  Growing up, when it was dinner time, you better be at the table asap, and the faster you ate, the more you could have.  In fact, if there was one piece of chicken left in the middle of the table, you’d have to brave the risk of forks in the back of your hand if you wanted get the last bite. 

Trinity and Bambino (the movie characters) had eating habits quite similar to my own.  I still eat the same way.  My wife may be a bite or two in to her meal, and I’m already on 3rds.  Our kids take after their old man, for better or worse.  For those who have don’t know our children, if you watch them eat, you’d think we were starving them.  Less talking, more eating.  Why take a bite of pizza when you can put half of the piece in your mouth.  That’s the boys and my eating habits.

At any rate, our nicknames are based on the above.  If you saw us in a restaurant, you couldn’t miss us.