My Little Alarm Clock

Liz Fogle

I have a cute alarm clock. She is little, blonde, and has the most adorable bed-head in the morning. When my little alarm clock gets up in the morning, she always climbs in bed with me and snuggles. Believe me, I will take all the snuggles I can get because Bug (my daughter) is not one to snuggle. I love this sweet time, but sometimes I just wish it was a little later in the morning.

Bug has been back in school almost a week and I’ve decided that there is a conspiracy going on! Every day on Christmas break (when we didn’t have to be anywhere), Bug was up between 6:15-6:30. The first few days back at school, I had to drag her out of bed at 7:00. I mean come on…really!!!! Why couldn’t Bug sleep in on our days off?!?! I just don’t get it!!! Ugh…does anyone else have a child that does this?

My husband and I’ve come up with a great plan!!! We are going to tell Bug every night is a school night! Great plan…. right?!?!?! Yeah…I know it isn’t going to work.

I hate to complain about my little alarm clock because I know the days of snuggles and early wake up calls are numbered. I dread the day I have to drag Bug out of bed for school or try to get her out of bed before noon. I know that day is coming because my sister has to drag my teenage nephew out of bed. I guess there is good and bad to every age!

Just for fun, I decided to look up some suggestions about kids and their sleep patterns.

1. Determine if your child is waking up with adequate sleep or inadequate. The average (young) child needs approximately 11 hours. If it is inadequate, try to make an adjustment.
2. Keep the room as dark as possible.
3. Install a timed night light (I actually thought about this for Bug)
4. Put your child to bed the same time every night. We are very strict about bed time. The concept of stay up later and sleep in doesn’t work in our house.

Oh don’t you love all the advice out there. Take what you want! I know that every child is different, I just want Bug to sleep in every once in a while (especially on non-school days). Yeah, I know it is a dream! Until Bug starts sleeping in, I will enjoy my little alarm clock and snuggles!

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