Dan and I hosted an outdoor party recently. Elijah got to stay up pretty late, but it wasn't enough for him. After going to bed, he repeatedly came out with multiple excuses as to why he was up, including: needing to go potty, lost his clock, can't think of a certain song, etc.
By 10pm, I had had enough. The consequence of Elijah's actions would be that he could not have a play date the next day because he had interrupted mommy and daddy's play date that night. He was upset, of course and eventually fell asleep.
The next morning (at 7am! my kids never sleep in!!) he says:
"Mama, I talked to God about it and I asked him if he would take away my consequence that my mommy gave me. And guess what!? He said "YES!". Hehe, isn't that happy?"
We believe God is gracious and I certainly want to teach that to my child. However, you'd better believe I did NOT let that one work on me!