Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WFMW: back on the horse

Been out of the WFMW game for a bit - gave up all my best ideas and have been too much actually in the trenches to look around at some of my shortcuts! LOL But, this occurred to me last night as I put Flicka to bed.

In the interest of saving energy when Flicka was only 15 months old and we had just moved into this house, DaHubby installed a motion detector switch in her little playroom area adjacent to her room. That way as she walked in, the lights would go on. And, after she had walked away, the lights would eventually go off saving us money.

The other "accidental" benefit was her complete disinterest in climbing something to turn on the lights for her budding independent self! LOL

While she is four now, we still use the timer. I activate the light as I put her to bed so that she can read her books before falling asleep. When the light goes off, it's time for sleep. Luckily, for those wondering, we've had no problems with her intentionally re-activating it to lengthen her story time (yet!)

It definitely works for me. For more WFMW, stop by Shannon's bloggy home today!


Jen @ Mommay's Mayhem said...

I've seen these...but do them come on at night when you go in to check on the kids?

Pam said...

That's so cool! Glad to see you back in the "saddle" again. : )

Memarie Lane said...

i'll have to look for these for the bathrooms. my daughter can't reach the switch, and i've been trying to figure out a solution.

The Happy Housewife said...

what a great idea! I need to do this for the bathroom, the kids are always leaving the lights on!

Lisa said...

I've never heard of WFMW, but it's a fun idea. I think it would be hard to think of something that works for me, that might work for someone else. Tonight for dinner, pancakes and turkey bacon...that worked for me:-)