Friday, August 10, 2012

Days and nights

My boys have their days and nights mixed up this summer, and I have done a shitty job of letting this happen and trying to stop it.  It makes for crabby kids, and crabby me.

The problem is:
 A) They keep me awake.
B) They sleep until ungodly hours, making it  hard to do anything fun.
C) It ain't right man.

Now, a part of me loves it when they are asleep all morning.  It is quiet, I can do everything I want or nothing I want.  I can sleep if I want, clean if I want, run an errand or two, read, write this, anything.  It is almost like they are at school or something, not bugging me to make them food, or fighting with each other.  It is kind of selfish of me, because it is the main reason I let them sleep.  Not because they need it, because I need it.  But I feel like they are missing out on their summer.  And I often forget, that ultimately I am in charge of this castle, for the most part.

So, in the spirit of doing what is right, today that is going to change. Here it is, (writing this on Thursday) 5:30 AM and I wake to find my oldest boy still awake.  He hasn't even gone to sleep yet.  We are leaving for a fun-filled day at around 9 AM.  He is playing video games.  I will get to the video games later.  I have much to say about them.  He is, however, ruining my point of view on video games, right at this moment.

So, wish me luck, as I am sure he will be a joy to be around.  But it is up and out of bed in a few hours.  I don't care how tired and crabby he gets, it is good for him.  It is depressing and lonely to stay up all night.  I should know, I used to do it for days upon days.

That school bus will be coming in a few weeks, we need to get our shit together!


  1. Hopefully he'll be so exhausted by the end of today that he'll crash early. That's my go-to move when I need to reset my own bedtime routine- forcing myself to get through a day on no sleep means that I'm ready to hit the hay at a reasonable hour (which for an insomniac like me is a big deal).

    My kids are night owls, but I'm okay with it at the moment. When they get closer to school aged, I'll worry about stricter bedtime policies. But right now, since I work, letting them stay up until 11-12 means that I still get at least 5 or 6 hours with them on work days, and it also means that on days Josh stays home with them, he gets to sleep in a bit. I'm just grateful none of them have one of those internal alarm clocks so many kids have.

  2. My kids have mild Autism/Asperger's, so they have to have routine, and they set their routine to be up the second the sun peeks in their room. >.< Luckily, they're at the age where I can set a few limits so hubby and I can get sleep; they have been told that if they are out of bed before 8am, they get nothing for games/fun time during the day. So far, so good, but I hear ya on video games; a blessing and a curse. Good luck, I hope they sleep well tonight!

  3. I have been a bedtime nazi since my son was born. He goes to bed at 8 and wakes up around 7:30. It means he's a happier person, but I hear ya about not wanting that early morning wake up call. I used to be a night owl, but I finally learned to become a morning owl. I go to bed early and wake up around five to the peace and quiet of my house. I get all my stuff done and watch the sunrise. I've really started to like it. Being up in the morning. It's not so bad. But every once in a while when I'm up late on the weekends, it totally kicks my ass. Ah well. Such is parenthood I guess.

  4. I'm with you. My kids are going into grades 2,3,4 and 6. We don't keep the same schedule during breaks that we do in the school year, but I've always done ok with keeping it within a couple of hours at the most.....until this summer. I don't know what's happened to me, but my husband gets up for work at 4:30 and there have been mornings I've heard him telling kids to go to sleep.