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!