You may have heard the extremely accurate phrase, "Without enough sleep, we all become tall two year olds." I love it, and it's what this pair is all about.
MORE REGULAR SLEEP
Most of us, if we are being honest, aren't doing a bang up job of getting enough sleep ourselves. There are a multitude of reasons, we want to take advantage of the time after the kids are in bed, we're night owls, we love tv, we like to go out and socialize with adults, etc. My personal stumbling block is reading into the early hours of the morning. Frankly, tucking myself into my comfy bed next to my husband and opening my book is one of my favorite parts of the day.
Boy am I sorry the next morning. I cannot seem to cope with life in the same way when I've only had 6 hours of good sleep. I feel more negative, more irritable, and more critical of those around me. It ain't pretty. And I am a grown-up!
How much less can a child deal with the frustrations and challenges of his day to day life on without a parent who is guarding his time to sleep? It's hard enough to develop impulse control, patience, and cooperation when kids have everything going for them! When we don't prioritize sleep for ourselves and our children, we cannot throw up our hands and say, "I just don't know what's going on with you today!"
LESS LATE NIGHTS
So, you are undoubtedly saying to yourself, but what about this or that activity at night? I am not forbidding leaving the house after 6pm. I am saying...
No one will pay the price but you and your children (except maybe your child's teacher), so choose to miss bedtime for something that is really worth it.
Try to run your errands before or after nap time, or better yet, run them in the evening after dinner while the other parent has some quality one on one time with the kiddos. Once you start strolling the aisles of Target at 8pm with your Starbucks in hand, I doubt you will want to go back to attempting to contain three kids in a cart who are alternating demands for snacks and toys.
Let's set our days up for success by making better choices about our nights.
Stay tuned for our very last MORE OR LESS pair later this week!