I am not a morning person - at all. I can function quite well into the wee hours of the night, but I love my sleep in the morning. I am pretty sure that my deepest, most replenishing sleep comes between the hours of 5 and 7am - if I get to sleep that late. And this morning, for some unknown reason, I have been wide awake since 4:22am. My mind started racing and I couldn't shut if off and I couldn't force myself to sleep, so awake I am.
Just as I can't force myself to sleep, even when I really need and want to be sleeping, we can't force our kids to sleep either. For quite some time, my kids were notorious for waking up way too early, as in 5:45ish, every day. Yet they were still tired and needed more sleep. We tried to reason with them and let them know that we wanted them to sleep longer or at least play QUIETLY when they woke up rather that to start screaming, laughing, throwing things, banging on the walls and acting as if they were at a park at the crack of dawn, but it just wasn't working. And, while we can't make them sleep, we can help them start the day a bit later and on a better foot than they were.
Our remedy: the best clock ever! This has been one of the best purchases I have made in quite some time!
The clock also has a nightlight function which you can set for any time. We have ours go on at 7:00pm and stay on until the morning.
And so it goes. Each morning the kids wait for the clock to turn green. It isn't always perfect. Some days they are up way too early, making way too much noise and we have to remind them, from outside their door, that the clock isn't green yet. Most evenings we remind them to try and sleep or be very quiet until the clock turns green. We've inched up the time slowly. Now the clock turns green at 7:30am. And I would say eight times out of ten, if for some amazing reason they aren't awake yet, come 7:30 the shouts permeate the house...
"THE CLOCK IS GREEN!"