Don’t get me wrong, I love love love love seeing my little boy in the morning. But just not too early. In our house, mom and dad don’t get up until 7:30. There is nothing quite like the staggered wake up that comes from being a mom: (6:05 AM) “Mom! I have to go to the bathroom!” (6:15 AM) “Mom, are you up yet?” (6:25 AM) “Mom! When is breakfast?” (6:35 AM) “Mom, is it time yet?” (6:45 AM) “Mom, I want breakfast!” (7:00 AM) “Mom! Get out of bed!” (7:15 AM) “Mom, is it time YET?” (7:30 AM) “Yeah! Mom is getting up! I’ll race you downstairs.”
By the time I get out of bed my nerves are frayed and I’m already grouchy. I just think to myself… If I could just sleep until 7:30 I could tackle my mornings. So, one day I set to task to come up a plan. I call it, “Mom is Taking Back Her Mornings.” Here are the details:
We bought a cheap old alarm clock that showed numbers. Every night, we set the alarm to 7:30 AM. We chose 7:30 because we thought it was a good compromise between muchacho and us. Then, we told Muchacho that we didn’t care what time he woke up just as long as he didn’t wake mom and dad up (emergencies don’t count). He just had to wait until the alarm went off; he could read books, play in his playroom, get dressed… whatever.
Still, it was hard for him not to wake us up a few dozen times. So, we decided that each time he yelled at us to wake up we were going to add 5 minutes to the clock. It is only fair, right? After everything parents do, we felt deserving of sleep. So, if he yelled from his room to wake up and make him breakfast 2 times, the earliest we would get up was 7:40. Once he knew we were serious, it only took a few days before he played by the rules.
We were really pleased that the new system works. Now, when we wake up we actually have energy and we are not tired, frustrated, or grouchy. We no longer wake up with zombie eyes. Do any of you have a secret mom trick to managing morning expectations?