Early to bed, early to rise

Early to bed, early to rise

Coping with a child who gets up early.

Sometimes your children just don’t understand your sleep schedule. They go to bed at seven or eight in the evening and by four or five a.m. are ready and raring to go while you try to hold them off for just a few more minutes. It can be extremely frustrating and tiring to have a child who gets up early, but once you learn to work with it, it doesn’t have to be that bad.Parenting is about sacrifice. If your child gets up early, you may just have to go to bed early, opting to record your favorite shows instead of watching them with the rest of the world. Instead of getting five or six hours of sleep a night, you’ll be getting 8 or 9 and will feel much more refreshed at the crack of dawn. If you work a typical 9 to 5 job, getting up early will give you time to get things done around the house, take your time getting dressed and still be on time to work. If you stay at home, many grocery stores open at 6 a.m. allowing you to get some early morning shopping done.

If you still can’t cope with getting up super early, then try getting your child back to sleep. When you wake up, don’t turn on any lights as you change diapers or give the child something to eat. Keep the house quiet and cuddle in the dark. Sometimes that will be enough to help your child fall back asleep. You can also have your child crawl into bed with you for a bit and he may just drift off for another hour or two.