This would be the world’s most awesome post if I had four secrets for making my children sleep on command (seriously, I’d make this one of those unbelievably annoying “pay-to-view” blog posts and sell it for $1,000 per view. You know you’d be willing to pay).
Instead, these are four things that I know about children’s sleeping. Of course, my sample size is two, so I wouldn’t dare to presume YOUR children are like this:
things I’ve learned about my children’s sleep
- My babies don’t sleep in. They generally get up between seven and eight a.m., so I’m not complaining, but I don’t have those children who are rolling out of bed around ten or eleven. If they do sleep in, it’s the most extra special bonus in the world (and it usually falls on a day when we have somewhere we HAVE to be at nine a.m. Of course).
- Putting them to bed later doesn’t mean they wake up earlier. In fact, it’s usually the opposite – they sleep better if I put them down for bed early. We have 1:00 p.m. church this year, which means Ani misses her second nap, so we come home, play for a bit, have dinner, and put both girls to bed by about 6:20. I love Sundays.
- The later I go to bed, the earlier they wake up. It never fails! If I stay up working on some project until the wee hours of the morning (which is rare, because I’m super tired by ten o clock like an old person), suddenly my children are waking up all night long and then getting up for the day at six thirty. So, I mainly avoid tempting fate and I go to bed on time.
- Breakfast must be served within five minutes of them waking up, give or take one minute. Ella comes into our room as soon as it says 7:00 on her clock, leans on the bed, and in her most dramaaaaaatic voice says, “I’m starving to DEATH. Let’s go have breakfast right. now.” Which is why we have cold cereal most week days. Because if I try to make anything more complicated, she asks for a bowl of cereal WHILE I make breakfast. Which kind of defeats the point. Plus, to be honest, my favorite breakfast is cold cereal with bananas, dried cranberries and whole milk. Who needs pancakes?
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