There is a silver lining

I just wanted to share a thought with you that I had this morning at 7.30 am, when I was trying to get my kids ready for school…

I have been very happy and have maybe been a bit too proud (pride comes before fall), as my children are really good sleepers. Not only do they sleep well, they also sleep in. If we don’t wake them up they will both sleep ’til 9 am or occasionally 10 am, depending on the time they go to bed in the evenings.  So far it has been great. It has meant lazy weekend mornings for us. As both my husband and I work in jobs which never really start before 10.00 this rhythm has suited us absolutely fine. I have been the envy of many a poor, sleep-deprived parent.

Until now: the French school system decrees that pupils need to be in school at the latest by 8:40 am, which means we have to get up at 7.00 am. I cannot get them up! I almost have to poke them. The eldest keeps her eyes tightly shut and whispers, “I am still sleeping mommy, can’t you see?”

When they are finally away and dressed, I am surrounded by two grumpy, tired little things who just want to go back to bed and snuggle under their pillows…. Can you imagine what it is going to be like when they are teenagers?

So parents of early risers note: Be happy! There is a reason they are getting up so early — it will make your life so much easier later on!

– Emilie

8 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Destri Bufmack | March 4, 2009 | Reply

I do feel better now, my son wakes at 6:30 promptly every morning! I never looked at it that way, so thank you! love your site! I happened upon it through a web designers blog and have added you to my faves. Thanks for the good book ideas as well, I’m getting ready to make an order now!

2. Esther | March 4, 2009 | Reply

Ouch, I am one of those parents that will keep my eyes shut and whisper “Mummy is still sleeping honey, can’t you see?”

3. Kate | March 5, 2009 | Reply

I am so jealous! How old are your children? Mine 2yrs and 8 months are getting me up at 6.15am every morning at the moment! How do you do it?

4. Michela | March 5, 2009 | Reply

lucky you!
but what time do they go to bed at night??
my first one sleeps from 8 till 8 at least. the little one….that’s a different story, but i’m confident she will get there too.
But my husband leaves at 8 and children have to be in school around 9…so this si not bad.
If they just slept a tiny bit longer at the weekends that would be lovely!!!!

5. tc | March 5, 2009 | Reply

My little ones are 14 months now and they usually sleep until 9 am at least. We are now planning to put them in nursery, which starts at 7.30 am. Not sure how that is going to go !

6. Pia | March 5, 2009 | Reply

Lucky you! i really envy you! my son gets up at 6.30 every morning… sometimes he sleeps in until 7! oh boy!

I think the same as you, that I will be so happy when he goes to school as we will be the first ones there and full of energy! because he wakes up at 6.30 wanting to play and do everything as if it was midday!!!

i think there is nothing to do. some kids are early risers, others loves to sleep. dont you think? so we have to deal with the ones we have! good luck to all!!

7. Courtney | March 5, 2009 | Reply

I agree with you, Pia.
I have two boys, one who wakes up every morning at 6:30/7:00 and one who would sleep in until 8:30 if we let him! Two very different sleepers…

I can only imagine what will happen to the youngest one when he’s a teenager! TROUBLE!

8. Emilie | March 5, 2009 | Reply

I agree. I think it really depends on the kids, completely based on genetics. I have a 10 month old who goes to bed at 7.30 pm and a 3 year old who goes at 8 pm. But they just sleep and sleep….

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