Last night, at bedtime, I heard myself using the same tired technique to get Colter to settle down. "You have until three: (Pause) one (long pause), two (longer pause), and (longest pause) three."
Because this works, I find myself counting him down night and day.
I can almost hear myself saying, when he's 18 and leaving home for college, "Colter, come on, we need to go! One... two..."
What happens when I get to three for the last time?