Mom's smiles were the most beautiful thing in the world, and they almost always made things better. They almost even made an early bedtime okay, but not quite.
Writers' bedtimes vary, but few have been spared the shock of a copy editor's early wake-up call.
Men have the influence and power in business and politics. It is the mother who can make the child's bedtime earlier, take away desserts or ground the child.
My mother wrote poetry when I was young - I have an early memory of the sound of her typewriter - and my father told me inventive bedtime stories.
Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.