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"What's the dark, Mummy?"

Apparently 98% of British children don't sleep in total darkness...


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May. 9th, 2003 01:58 am (UTC)
Silly parents.

I was going to say something about darkness in my home, but then remembered it's quite well lit by all the glowing LEDs on the various bits of equipment. When I wake up in the middle of the night the light from the clock on the hifi is enough to see my way round the bedroom.
May. 9th, 2003 02:30 am (UTC)
And then they wander outside at night and, bathed in street lighting, security lighting with the orange glow filling the horizon, repeat the question. I think I can read in the back garden in the middle of the night just with the overspill from the security lights in the nearby car park.

Really ought to put LL's night light back on the timer as it used to be.
May. 9th, 2003 02:32 am (UTC)
I love the dark and had quite a battle with Mendi over switching the nightlight off in Alexi and Ivan's room when they were younger.
May. 9th, 2003 04:32 am (UTC)
The vast majority of UK children have never experienced total darkness because parents surround them with artificial lights, a survey suggests.

Hmmm. And can they also say that the vast majority of UK children have never experienced a power blackout during the night?
May. 9th, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of a remark my younger sister once made, when she was much, much younger, when my parents proposed removing the night light from her bedroom -- "But I need to see to go to sleep!"
May. 9th, 2003 11:28 am (UTC)
We live in the loom, so there's not a lot of dark round here. M prefers to sleep in broad daylight and complains bitterly in darkness, even to the extent of not being able to get back to sleep if it's too dark. J prefers to sleep in dark; and it was pretty damn dark in our hotel rooms in the US, the Madison one in particular.
May. 10th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
I went back and forth when I was a kid - either couldn't sleep without the light on, or couldn't sleep with a speck of light anywhere to be seen. Must have driven my parents mad!
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