I love mornings. I love the energy and the rush to accomplish “X” number of things before the bus comes. I love the feeling of accomplishment after I dressed, fed, and packed up the kids for their day and sent them off. I love that feeling at the outset of the day, when I have a cup of coffee in my hand, with the full day ahead to accomplish. But I hate bedtime.
I wish I could skip it. I’ll get up early and get your kids ready for school if you come over here and get my kids ready for bed. Seriously. Any morning haters out there? (If only we were neighbors.)
I don’t feel great after bedtime like I do in the morning. I just feel tired myself. In the summer, I have an excuse to be a little lax. So you want to go outside and play basketball just when I said it’s time for showers? No prob. It’s healthy, and that’s summer, and we can both procrastinate together. For some reason, in the summertime, kids don’t act groggy in the morning even if they didn’t get to bed on time (I wonder why). They jump up and jump out because today they’re….going to an amusement park! Or today…they’re playing hockey!
Now that school has begun, though, on time bedtime is essential, because, unlike on the ballfield, kids do perform differently in school when they haven’t had enough hours to sleep.
So, I present to you: my bedtime checklist.
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