Around the same time we were trying to be better at reading the scriptures as a family. T-Bone had an idea that we should set an alarm for 7pm every night so that we would be reminded. So far it's worked great. At 6:58pm the theme from Star Trek goes off and Mr. Smiley knows it's time to read scriptures. He'll run to the living room and reach for our books. We have him trained.
So this leads me to the final purpose of this post--bedtime. We were finding that although Mr. Smiley was pretty good about going to bed, it was taking him quite a while to grasp the idea that it was time for bed. We had our routine: scriptures, jammies, teeth, books, but it wasn't clicking. Finally I had the idea to set another alarm. This time it's a duck sound. So at 7:26pm we hear "quack, quack, quack, quack." Mr. Smiley will always run to find my iPhone and bring it to me saying "gak, gak, gak". He knows that means it's time for bedtime. It has been the best thing ever! When that alarm goes off he settles down, we say prayers and walk out. No tears, no following us out of the room, just laying down on the floor--wherever feels right that night--giving kisses and saying good night. It's so peaceful!
I thought it was just funny when Mr. Smiley started recognizing the "Big Sister alarm," but now I love that he recognizes his bedtime alarm. It makes bedtime so much better! I love that we have him so well trained! :)