I posted an article about getting back into Back to School sleep patterns on PTPA’s Blogaholics. Let me know if you try any of my suggestions and how they worked (or not…I’m not perfect, just sharing what I’m doing!).
So many mom discussions I’m having now are related to squeezing out as much as we can of the remaining summer days, and of course Back to School. One discussion was with a girlfriend who couldn’t figure out what she was going to do about her daughter’s sleep patterns. As with most of us (including me), the longer days of summer mean we let our kids stay up later than usual. Her daughter has now gotten used to sleeping in late. My daughter has gotten used to going to bed late and sleeping in. I had adjusted my son’s bedtime over the summer too, but it was more related to his age than the summer. This girlfriend and I chatted about it, I told her what I was doing, and she told me to write about it…so I am!
School starts in 3 weeks so I’ve talked to my daughter about needing to go to bed earlier to make the adjustment for school easier. For this week, I’m sending her to bed 15mins earlier than her summer bedtime has been, and we’re spending the time playing with her dolls and reading, then lights out. I’m doing that for 3 – 4 nights, and then send her to bed another 15mins earlier, and repeat. My kids are at their dad’s next week so I’ll continue the pattern when they return the week after. …
To read the rest of the article, please click here: PTPA Blogaholic Summertime Sleep vs Back To School Sleep.
1. My most favorite “little thing” is that my man learned very quickly and continues to remember my Starbucks order (I won’t mention that my ex-hubby never learnt it until AFTER we split…hmmm…).
2. I give anything to have someone else do the kids’ weekday morning routine, get their lunches packed, and them ready for school and IBI…just one day. I’m not asking for much. Any takers? No. I didn’t think so. Oh well.
3. I can’t believe how well my daughter did at her school’s Christmas concert last night. She came home from school yesterday and declared “Mommy! I have something wonderful to tell you!”. She was so excited to be going on stage for the concert, and she didn’t realize she was going to do that until the dress rehearsal that happened yesterday afternoon. She did awesome! She led her class with all the actions that went with the French song “Père Noël”…even when she was so excited to be performing and forgot to finish the song, and the rest of her class followed her lead. It was priceless!
4. The one thing I’d like to achieve today is finishing decorating our home for Christmas. We’ll see if I’m actually able to do this.
5. The last thing I want to do today is clean up after a sick child. My son felt quite hot when I checked on him when I went to bed last night, so only time will tell. Fingers crossed…
6. If I were writing my own blank today, it would say: “The best ‘trick’ I use around the house is…”.
7. My favorite candle scent is really dependent upon my mood, but French vanilla or anything with cinnamon are safe choices for me…but they can’t be the cheap smelling dollar-store candles.
A couple nights ago, we got the first snowfall of the season that actually coated the ground a bit. We woke up with a beautifully serene view out our windows, despite my daughter’s squeals of delight almost breaking all our windows.
We did our usual school-day morning routine. My daughter ran out to the end of the laneway to meet her bus and, then my son and I went out to drive to the nearby city for his IBI. After getting my son all bundled up in his snowgear, we went outside and walked to my sexy mini-van.
The next thing I knew, I heard a “thwap!” and felt an impact on my lower back. I turned around to see my son excitedly forming a 2nd snowball to throw at me. Busted! He may need help getting his own snowgear on, but he’s really quick to create a snowball and has great aim!
Needless to say, we spent a few minutes in a playful snowball fight before clearing off the snow from my sexy mini-van and getting to IBI. So what that we were 2 minutes late for IBI. It’s always important to make time for a snowball fight!