Parenting Secret Number One: 7:30 bedtime…

I admit to not doing all that much in life all that well. I’m no adventurer, I don’t have any mechanical skills, and sometimes I burn toast. I’m not much of a homemaker, and I hate to clean up after anyone, including myself sometimes. As a wife, I’m all right, but I am sure I could be better. But I’d like to think that, aside from the stressball meltdowns that happen every now and then, parenting is something I manage quite decently, thankyouverymuch. And I have managed to file away some secrets from time to time, but I think we should talk more about these secrets. Sharing is caring, after all. Tonight, I present one of my life hacks, parenting secrets, that has improved my life since its inception.

My kiddos are notorious for keeping us on our sleep toes, and I am always looking for new ways to maximize the shut eye. I use white noise machines, essential oils, massage, routine, the whole nine. Nothing is too out there for me to try. They used to go to bed between 8 and 8:30, but they’d sleep poorly, fight us about going down, and act generally like little maniacs. I needed to figure out how to fix this; it was obvious they were overtired. So, imagine my shock when I came up with the idea of putting them to bed around 7:30 every single night, and it worked! At first, I was nervous because I figured they’d be up at, like, 4 if they went to bed at 7:30. But, amazingly, it’s been great. I don’t think I can go back to another bedtime. I started this about a month ago, took a week off for vacation, and resumed it upon coming home. And it is amazing.

The girls go to bed, they sleep (Ellery has been sucking again at this, but the sleeping bag on the floor has helped us out immensely), and they DO not get up at 4! They sleep until 6/6:30, and they wake up refreshed and happy. This does not include the nights that my oldest has test anxiety, but that is another post for another night. Fights are minimal, mornings don’t suck as per usual, and everyone is usually a nice big ball of sunshine (except me since I am a glutton and stay up far too late reading and have a general disdain for mornings to begin with). And let’s be real, earlier bedtime means more mommy time without kiddos, which translates into more internet surfing, novel writing, general putzing around for me. None of these things can be wrong. And if they are, I don’t want to be right. Ever.

So. That is my big secret of parenthood. Well, one of them. But as a true badass mommy and ninja of all trades, I cannot reveal all of my secrets at once, now, can I?

What’s your secret? Something we should know to make parenting easier? Tell us all; let’s chat!

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This is how my girls seem to feel every morning…

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