Child #3 is 5 years old and in kindergarten. I went upstairs to his room. He was awake and sitting in the middle of his unmade bed in his PJ's. I stood there for a second thinking that my mere arrival would motivate him to move. (Yes, I am egotistical.) Realizing that I had less of an imposing presence than I had hoped for, I resorted to conversation:
mjh: Hey. I see you're still in your PJ's.He thought for a second. Then his eyes got wide and he started getting dressed.
mjh: You don't think we'd let you go to school in your pajamas do you?
#3: [Shaking head] No!
mjh: Actually, son, that's wrong. We'd be happy to let you go in your pajamas. How would you feel about going that way?
Score one point to daddy.