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Best parenting tool ever
on November 13, 2012
I can't remember why I bought this bell originally, but one night about 6 months ago I was just too tired to walk up the stairs or even to yell at my kids to come down for dinner, so I rang the bell and they all ran down to see why in the world I was ringing a giant cowbell. The next night, they knew it meant food. It just took a few more days before it had the Pavlovian effect I desired. Next, I began using it 5 minutes early to gather the troops to set the table for me. That was what I now call phase 1 of cowbell training. Then, I had a brilliant idea. If it works at night, maybe it will work in the mornings, too! It was a different sort of process, but I have been more than satisfied with the results. It began with the 6:30 a.m. "clang-clang-clang" followed by 3 loud thumps heard overhead. "MOM. WE ARE AWAKE NOW. PLEASE STOP RINGING THE BELL." Next day: 6:30 am (ring, repeat) "MOM, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE. STOP RINGING THE BELL!!!!" This phase continued for about 3 weeks. Until yesterday. 6:28 am: "IS IT TIME TO GET UP? I DIDN'T HEAR THE BELL. I'M UP. PLEASE DON"T RING IT." Success. By the way, it is a good idea to hide the bell.