What is it about sleep and kids?!

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting, School, Sleep | Posted on 30-11-2014

If you are in the midst of newborn chaos with multiples, and are still trying to acclimatise to sleep deprivation, I am sorry to report that the sleep issues continue well into childhood!  Alex and Simon are nearly 8, and we adults still crave more sleep!!!

Even when they were babies, the boys consistently woke up around 5 or 5:30 a.m.  It was maddening!  Happy was the day they were old enough to recognize numbers, and we go them their very own alarm clock with great pomp and circumstance, and trained them to STAY IN THEIR BEDS until the first number was a 6!!!

They did stay in their beds, or at least their rooms, and although we would often wake up from their nattering and chatting and playing and – in dark winter – the sudden flick of their bedroom light to the “on” position, being able to stay in bed until at least 6 a.m. ourselves was a most welcome treat after two years of 5-o-clock wake ups.

Occasionally, now,  the boys will “sleep in” until 7 or even as late as 7:20 a.m.  Oh joyous day!  Unfortunately, we’ve found no rhyme or reason to this.  We’ve tried tiring them out, keeping them up later, etc., etc.  But generally the pattern is this:  If it is a school day, and we have to get up early anyway to go to work, etc., the boys are more likely to sleep in, forcing us to wake them up.  On weekends, when our schedule in theory permits sleeping in, the dears consistently are up and in our bedroom to greet us at 6 a.m. or thereabouts.

This morning, I was awakened by the dawn’s early light (the overhead light in the boys’ bedroom, next to my bedroom) at 5:20 a.m.!!!  When questioned, Alex apologised, noting he had forgotten to check the time.

WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND VOLUNTARILY ARISES AT 5 A.M.???!!!

It is small consolation that when they become teenagers, we will have to drag them out of bed to get them up before noon.  For, by then, my own body will surely have become trained to wake up at 6 a.m. regardless.

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