At 6:00 this morning, I went into my son's bedroom to wake him up for school. "Time to get up!" I said in my usual cheery voice.
He grunted and rolled over. "Mama, do you always have to say the same thing every day?"
"What do you want me to say?" I asked. "Cheeseburgers have high amounts of fat and cholesterol?"
"No, Mama. Why don't you not say anything at all?"
"Then how will you know it's time to get up?" I asked.
"I'll just know."
I went downstairs and put out his breakfast.
My boy came down shortly after and stared at the cereal. "Mama. We need to get different cereal. I don't like this stuff and you give it to me every day."
I looked at the kid. "Listen. I think you must've gotten up on the wrong side of the bed. Why don't you go back upstairs and try this again?"
So that's what he did. When he came back down, he ate his cereal without a complaint. Apparently waking up on the other side of the bed helped!