The Boy is full of exclamation points in the morning. Sometimes, times that do not start with a four or a five, this is a charming trait. Waking up to see his chubby-limbed silhouette walking across the house in the early morning light is lovely. Waking up to see his chubby-cheeked face chirping salutations at me in the predawn darkness is not.
One morning at 4:39, as The Boy began crying less than a foot from my ear because Daddyman was about to take him back to bed, I snapped, "Show him the clock." The Boy can recognize numbers up to 10 and has a digital clock in his room. We showed him that the time started with 4 and told him he needed to go back to bed until the time started with 5 or, god-willing, 6. The Boy stopped crying instantly. He went back to bed. He slept til 5. Another morning, after a refresher lesson with the same trick, he slept til 6:30.
I can't take full credit for this parenting trick. I saw it somewhere, I think on ParentHacks, and just happened to remember it in my groggy, frustration. But, since every parent could use a little more sleep, I thought I'd share. (That link is to the closest approximation of the trick I could find with a quick search. I might try that one, too.)