Corey is six-years-old and his dad is in hospital. I think even if his dad’s in no danger, it’s probably stressful for him to be away from his parents. While it seems clear that he’s being disobedient, I’d want to investigate what’s going on. There is a difference to me between his deliberately sneaking out of bed to play video games because he simply wants to play more and his being unable to sleep and playing video games because he dislikes lying in bed, tossing and turning.
Since he’s only six, I don’t imagine he’ll be a sophisticated liar. If he’s having trouble sleeping, then I’ll see what I can do to improve that situation—bedtime ritual such as story, warm bath at least half an hour before bedtime, staying with him until he’s asleep, allowing him to sleep with me, perhaps… there are a number of things that might help.
If Corey is just seizing the opportunity to extend his playing hours, then I’ll explain to him why it’s important for little boys to have plenty of sleep, point out how tired he’s been lately, and finally remind him that he’s disobeyed my rule about when he can play. For disobeying me, he is losing his game playing privileges for one day… and I intend to lock up the whatchamacallit so he can’t play . I’ll also tell him that if it happens again, he’ll get a spanking. I’m very reluctant to spank Corey since he’s not only never had a spanking, but also been separated from his parents. While I’m sure he’s testing me, I hope I can establish my authority without having to spank. His parents really should be the ones to handle that first time.
Kittykat: Children in Texas start kindergarten at the age of five and most have their sixth birthday sometime during the school year or following summer. Because of a very strict rule about being five on September 1 (or some date early in September... I could be slightly off) there will be some who turn six very quickly.