Today was not the best of days. I am sitting here thinking, "tomorrow has got to better". I had to end up punishing Brant to the extent of no TV or video games for today. Furthermore, it was so bad that I stopped school and didn't let him finish. He will have to make it up on Friday when the others are off. Sometimes they need a reality check to see that Mom means business and that she's not all talk- or yell, whatever!
I know that a big part of the problem is that our sleep schedules are not the healthiest. No offense to you late sleepers out there, but I do so much better when I go to bed by 10:00pm and wake up by 7:30am, instead of going to bed by midnight and waking up after 9:30am. This morning, Master Calverette woke up early to go with his dad to have coffee with Maw-Maw. He did not get enough sleep, hence the bad day!
It can be easy to let the kids stay up really late because they don't have to "catch a bus for school" in the morning, but we still pay a price. I know that when I sleep later in the morning I have a harder time to get myself going. My day usually ends up not being productive at all. I tend to feel lazy, and ironically, tired.
I know they are gonna kick and scream, but I have got to get everyone in bed earlier at night! If that means doing it cold turkey, then so be it. Tomorrow morning I am going to have to wake myself up early enough to drag them out of bed by 8:00am. Then, by 10:00pm they might not put up such a fuss when their TV's go off. I could always remind them of the "public school" schedule~ in bed by 8:00pm, TV off by 9:00pm and wake up at 6:30am. (I don't want to do that again!)
"My child, listen and be wise. Keep you heart on the right course. Do not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. Too much sleep clothes a person with rags. Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old. Get the truth and don't ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment." Proverbs 23:19-23