• http://www.katielauren.com katielauren

    Does anyone else waste away their days here reading the home pages of the people that comment? Or am I just so pathetically obsessed with Dooce I have to stalk her readers as well?

  • lisadijon

    a neighbor with a 2 1/2 year old son told me they set up a light with a timer in his bedroom. they set the timer for 7am, and tell him he has to stay in bed until it’s wake-up time, and that he will know it’s wake-up time when the light comes on. and it works for them! thought it was a clever idea.

  • Shutterbug

    Sometimes a mom has to do what a mom has to do. I convinced my daughter that we couldn’t get out of bed until seaseme street was over (8:30 am back then). That way, I could sleep while she watched. God bless the electronic babysitter.

  • Vickie

    Elvis used tin foil on his windows too.

  • Heather

    Pure Genius!

    The (perhaps mentally disordered) lady who used to stand around my old university campus wearing a metal colander on her head (lined with tinfoil) who ranted about “people stealing her brain waves and replacing them with “evil” radio waves” and handing out brochures proving it would surely approve.

    So, you can add the “anti brainwave stealing” properties to your list of benefits tinfoil brings, right below alien death ray protection.

  • http://danielleblog.com/ Danielle

    And here I thought tinfoil was only good for making hats and blocking out the alien voices. *smacks forehead* Little did I know it was also good for the body snatchers.

    wooo-hooo! Victory Dance, indeed. ;-)

  • jn

    Way to go, good thinking! My parents used whiskey..made them look…um…less crazy. [No, no, the key word is "look", don't focus on the "crazy" part] I don’t know if you saw this, but if the foil *perhaps* was to block out transmissions…then you may want to read this: http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/
    (it’s from MIT, it’s gotta be legit, right?). (love your blog, btw)

  • carmen

    When my sister was pretty little she was having reocurring nightmares that were beginning to make her afraid to sleep at all. One night, however, she woke up and told us that she needed to put tin foil on her bed to fend off the monsters. My mom wrapped a strip of tin foil around her bed post, and after that my sister never had bad dreams. It’s pretty strange, and I suppose the tin foil use isn’t quite the same as Leta’s, but it got the job done none the less.

  • http://nonpromqueen.com Stacey

    Aluminum foil huh? Ever since the sun has been rising earlier and earlier my daughter has been in the habit of rising with it.

    Needless to say, Mommy doesn’t do 5 am.

    I’m so trying this.

  • http://www.snickrsnack.com Snickrsnack Katie

    Oh my God the picture-of-the-day so does show how much Leta resembles Jon. But seriously, Heather, there are some photos I have seen where she favors you. Especially her profile. But I do have an idea of what it is like to have a child that really resembles Daddy. It is enraging. My poor sister has a beautiful 15 month old who, when I saw her for the first time in the delivery room, I started crying because she looked so much like my brother in law. Not because he is ugly or anything, I just knew that my sister was always destined to hear “God, she doesn’t look anything like you!” Once in a while, the baby does look like our side of the family. But usually when she is screaming or wagging her finger and saying “NO!” Is this an evil trick from God?

  • http://thefathousewife.blogspot.com/ Strizz

    Whomever coined the phrase “You have plenty on time to sleep when you’re dead” had no children. And tin foiled windows.

  • Katherine

    Mommy! Wake Up! IT’S MORNING TIME!!!!

  • Minxy

    Thanks for the idea for when I eventually have little ones. That’s the best story I’ve heard in a long time.

  • http://justlinda.net JustLinda

    It’s a great tactic.

    When she’s a lazy, no-good college student home on a break, partying all night and sleeping all day, just remember to check the windows to make sure she didn’t use the tin foil trick as a method of foiling your plans (pun, get it?) to wake her up at a decent hour.

    You can start practicing now “Young lady, what do you think you’re doing sleeping until past NOON? Get UP and do something productive with your day. Your father was up at 6 and he’s already built a new addition onto the house. And me, well, I’ve already heaped a week’s worth of motherly guilt on your 20 year old shoulders. Thank me already, will you?”

  • http://www.dykstraupdates.blogspot.com Angella

    We used to put tin foil on our 2 boys’ windows. Then I was worried the neighbours would think we were running a grow op :)
    So, I now have taped up thick black construction paper.
    Not a single pinoint of light is allowed to come through their windows.
    You do what you gotta do!

  • Kate

    Must look fantastic from the outside. Exterior shot?

  • http://www.hopefulloser.com hopefulloser

    Holy cow,
    I always wondered about those people who put tin foil on their windows. Now I can imagine the other side. They aren’t all meth labs and mad bombers.

  • http://www.randomandodd.com Kristine

    There HAS to be a “You Might be A Redneck” joke floating around here SOMEWHERES.

    We had tin foil over our WHOLE house…of course, we lived in a mobile home.

  • Miranda Puckett

    Of course she can do the moonwalk first thing in the morning… You saw the mad dance moves she was banging at SXSW.

    After I ate raw bacon once (it had been frozen) at my grandmother’s house, my parents convinced me that I had trichinosis. Yes, they are evil. But I never ate raw bacon again!

  • http://furious-angel.com Vix

    Oh my God. Why the hell didn’t I think of that six months ago?

    V xx

  • http://www.CadensCastle.com Donny

    When my son was a baby, my ex wife and I (together at the time) just got used to being on different schedules. I had night duty. She had day duty. I’d rent movies to watch as I rocked him to sleep at night. Thankfully, when he started sleeping through the night he slept in until 8am at the earliest.

  • http://www.monkeythoughts.com monkey

    Wow! Never thought about tinfoil. My oldest would wake up quietly and watch tv or play (at the time, we shared a bedroom- a two story bedroom). I could never give my youngest that kind of freedom yet. The house would be destroyed within minutes. And he’s the lighter sleeper of the two. I just try to keep the blinds shut, but that rarely works if it’s really bright out. Ah the tricks of parenthood.

  • http://www.kenspeckleletterpress.com marian

    Ahhh. Brings back memories. I can almost recall the fragrance of desperation in the morning.

  • http://givingmommy.typepad.com/giving_mommy/ katem9579

    You arent smart…you are BRILLIANT Heather! Wow, how come I never thought about putting tinfoil over my babies windows. You have depth. Now we just wait for her body to get readjusted and realize it doesnt need the two extra hours and you either lose the nap or she stays up two hours later. Both of which produces a demon child. Can you tell we tried something similar?

  • ohjoyohbliss

    Hilarious! I liken it to “Martha Stewart on Crack” – Martha-like idea with an edge. ;)

  • http://marlespo.livejournal.com/ Marlespo

    Bah – I wish this worked on my kid!! He (23 months old) wakes up at 6am no matter what. When we flew to England recently, he didnt skip a beat and woke up at 6am England time. Now that we’re back home? 6 am. NOTHING works, and I wish you the best success in this – may she keep it up!

  • http://www.reformedstrippersanon.blogspot.com JessicaRabbit

    Oh my god, I wasted so much money on black out fabric for my bedroom windows.


    You are the Martha Stewart of blocking out the sun.

  • http://www.kerrianne.org kerri

    So great. I remember my mom once admitted to rigging a similar system when my sister and I were younger. She used a gargantuan, ginormously thick Pokey the Puppy quilt. Come to think of it, I don’t know that she so much admitted it as we discovered photographic evidence.

  • ChaseNKids

    Being that we live in Alaska… where the sun will shine for what seems like 24 hours in the summer… the tinfoil on the windows is very much a stylish decor. Goes so well with the curtains…

    You rock, Heather.

    (As if you didn’t know.)


  • http://lifeisgoodatthebeach.blogspot.com/ BeachMama

    What a great idea!! We just invested in a white noise clock to try to get our guy to sleep through our neighbour coming home from work at 4am! We only got up at 5am this am, this is an improvement.

  • http://http:gusgreeper.com gusgreeper

    fantastic idea.
    genius in fact.

  • http://www.gusgreeper.com gusgreeper

    fantastic idea.
    genius in fact.

  • http://www.issasworld.typepad.com Melissa

    I’m so going to try that. My daughter gets up way to early on the weekends. I like the moon walk visual.

  • Daisy

    Just to make ya’ll jealous I’m going to tell you that I couldn’t get my 3 year old up before 8am to save our lives! This morning it was 9:34am! heehee!!

  • http://www.hamiltonfamilycircus.blogspot.com Heather

    The question then becomes why tin foil and not black out blinds?? I suppose the alien story is not nearly as interesting if you don’t use the tin foil!! :-)

  • http://www.makingfoodeatingfood.blogspot.com/ iamchanelle

    i so wish i could have seen the “doocewalk” dance. i laughed out loud at the visual image of your triumph. haha! enjoy “sleeping in”. :)

  • http://split-bamboo.blogspo.com David

    Ahh… The breaking down the tyranny of twos. Can you help with ours that wants to sleep horizontal between us?

  • http://split-bamboo.blogspo.com David

    Ahh… The breaking down the tyranny of twos…

  • Megan

    (starting to realize the source of the kid’s translucent skim-milk toned skin)

    My parents just taught me that the earlier I woke them up, the sooner I lost control of the remote…

  • missuswayne

    Yeah, the minute my kid wakes up from his nap the tinfoiling will begin. Today he slept late – until 6am. Sweet Jesus, that’s SO VERY WRONG.

  • worldfalls

    My husband has lived in our current house for about eight years – so he lived there for several years with a bunch of his old college buddies before I ever met him. He (and the house) have changed/matured so drastically over the last several years that the neighbors just assume we are a nice new couple that moved in recently. Back in the “college buddy” days, one of his friends/housemates had completely covered his bedroom windows with tinfoil in order to be able to sleep off hangovers, etc. after many late nights of partying.
    In a recent conversation, one of our (apparently gossipy) neighbors informed us that those “Evil Boys” who used to live in the house were actually GROWING POT in that upstairs bedroom (described with wide eyes in a scandalous whisper) – because, you know, the only way to acclimatize a room for pot-growing is to cover the windows with tinfoil…
    She also proceeded to tell us many other scandalous stories of the “Evil Boys” – during which we did our best to feign shock and incredulity, because WE would never act like THAT.

  • Dr. Research

    What you’re experiencing sounds very much like “night terrors,” a very common thing at that age. Our daughter making the transition from crib to bed about this time. She’d wake up in absolute hyteria. We even moved the crib int our room briefly. We had a big ceremonial replacement of the crib with a new bed and everything went well thereafter.

  • http://www.myspace.com/holycrapbrittany BrittanyGifford

    That’s brilliant! Do you think it will work on a 6 month old?

  • http://www.skunkstripe.com Megan

    (starting to realize the source of the kid’s translucent skim-milk tomed skin)

    My parents just taught me that the earlier I woke them up, the sooner I lost control of the remote…

  • http://so.verycontrary.com/ Mary Craig

    I never would have thought of this. Which is why I haven’t slept past 7AM in eighteen years, possibly. Damnit.

  • http://www.daxohol.com Daxohol

    What no propeller arms during your victory dance?

  • http://www.aubreysabala.com aubs

    Brilliant…and timely too. After spending one of my first nights in my new apartment, I’ve come to realize that the sun is INTENSE around 9:30am (something I’ve never realized since I’m usually up long before.) Was contemplating those blackout shades but this is a MUCH easier, much more crafty solution. Thanks!

  • http://bucky4eyes.com Bucky Four-Eyes

    Hmmph, MY mom used to just wrap my whole head in tin foil. It worked great – I slept in on weekend mornings, according to plan.

    Of course, I thought I was the Tin Man until I was 14, but that’s another story for my therapist.

  • gabip

    OMG…Im’ This Many, the clown under the bed is priceless.

  • http://www.justsayjes.com jes

    I would have done the same thing to her windows, but how did she not hear you?

    Also, I am deeply disturbed by the scratching of the armpits with the toothbrush.