Super-Sleepy Head

Turns out, MAM is past the age of being a chipper, early riser. If I had known the days would be fleeting, I would have enjoyed those early wake up calls more. Because now?? It’s how I imagine wrestling a teenager out of bed will be in 10 years. 

The darkness in the evening helps a little bit, but wow, mornings are tough these days for her. 
Bedtime is getting earlier, and I’m waking her up at a consistent time, but she is fighting it every step of the way. *IF* I could let her stay up til 10 and sleep until 9 every day I would (and did this summer), but I can’t. 
School starts at 8:30, and in one short month I’ll be back to work and we’ll be having to leave the house at 7:30, her current wake up time!! 
I am soliciting any and all advice on the subject–I’m beginning to dread mornings now too! 

6 Replies to “Super-Sleepy Head”

  1. I can’t imagine I’ll have anything super helpful to note that you haven’t already tried or thought of. Our one area of typical toddler challenge, off and on, would be the sleep thing.

    We had gotten in the habit this summer of being out later and playing longer. I found myself hurrying our old bedtime routine.

    I’ve tried lately to drag out the quiet time again, so we’re more slowly winding down to help facilitate an easier time putting him down.

    With our particular child and his personality, the key has always been consistency. Keeping the same go-to-bed and waking times every day – even on weekends. It’s actually better for adults to keep consistente sleep patterns too, although I do love to sleep in an extra hour on Saturdays!

  2. I can offer no help at all. We have to be out the door at 7:20 and I hate it…

    But our situation is about to flip. School in MD starts an hour later than in OH so we are about to gain an hour. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.

    How’s that for a pep talk?

  3. My girls each have an alarm clock of their own. It helps them have control over their morning. Every night (okay, most nights) we lay out their clothes and set their alarm.

    They get up, get dressed and brush their teeth while I do the same. I always check, and on the rare occasion that they did not set their alarm being woken by Mommy turns them into Grumpy Girls.

    I figure it is good for them, too, because they are already set up for self-sufficiency when they are older.

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