Recipe for raising children! At least that was ours.
I’ll give you an example of someone that did not get or understand that concept.
We invited a couple over to our apartment to play cards.
The mother said “We would love to, but our daughter just will not go to bed, she will stand right at our shoulder and annoy all of us”.
“Don’t worry, just have her in her pajamas and I guarantee that she will not fight going to bed for me”.
So the evening arrived and before they got there I went into our bedroom and turned down the bed and sprinkled some “Magic Powder” on our bed and made it up again.
When they arrived, and introduced us to their daughter, I took her aside and asked her to come with me to see the bed that she would go to sleep in. When we got the bedroom I turned down the bed a little and said to her, “I just wanted to show you where you will sleep, but not now, as a matter of fact be careful, because I put some “Magic Powder” in your bed and if you smell it now you will fall instantly asleep. When you are ready to go to sleep, just tell me that you want to smell the “Magic Powder” and we will come in and you can get into bed.
She was dying of curiosity, and wanted to smell the magic powder, because of course, I wouldn’t let her near the bed. I played it up real big and told her not even to get too close to the bed. I told her to come back out in the kitchen with me and only tell me when she really wants to smell the Magic Powder.
She watched us play cards for a while and finally her curiosity got the better of her and she asked me to let her go in the bedroom and smell the Magic Powder.
I did it up big again, and led her into the bedroom and asked again if she was ready to go to sleep, because she would fall asleep in just a few minutes.
She got into the bed and smelled the “Magic Powder” and we talked for a few minutes and sure enough her eyes got heavy and she dropped off.
We had a nice time playing cards and her parents had to carry her out to the car.
I still can’t believe this, but the next day her mother called me and asked “Where can I get some of that “Magic Powder” so I can get her to go to sleep”!
I told her “you dope, it was Baby Powder”!