Our 7 O'Clock Bedtime

Thursday, March 7, 2019
 Early to bed means early to the park!

Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe it’s just me, but whatever it is I’ve been called to change things up.

My children have always gone to bed late because part of our family culture was that they visit with their dad when he comes home from work. He arrives home later in the evening which meant the kids were staying up at least until 10 sometimes even 10:30. Because we homeschool this has never been a problem. The kids sleep in as long as they need and rest times are part of our everyday routine. They’ve never lacked sleep so I’ve never been concerned.

This week I decided to commit to a 7 o’clock bedtime. It’s been fantastic! We are only four days into it but it’s going to stick around for a good long while. Simply because I feel like I am a better parent. The days waiting for their daddy to come home were so, so long – worth it but long. Now that my youngest is two my pregnant or postpartum days are behind me. We are in a new stage and what better time to revamp our family rhythm.

Having that set bedtime, and early at that, allows me to better plan our day. Nap time for my youngest has to be at a certain time. Noon seems to be the best. Before our 7o’clock bedtime he would have his nap anywhere between noon and two. That works fine for a late bedtime. But, now, having these clear markers in our day really helps me plan around them. This is still new and we are still building that structure but it is giving me a sense of peace and calm that I was missing.

In a sense, I question myself in why didn’t I implement this sooner! But, I do remember throughout these early years, I tried. There were times I remember trying but it never stuck and it never worked. Perhaps pregnancies and postpartum drove my strong need for family connection in the late evenings. Now we connect as a family in the mornings before my husband goes to work. The kids are up early and they won’t really let him sleep in. Fortunately, it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make. And, after all, who doesn’t want to start their day with wrestling and playing dinosaurs?  

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