This may fall into the classic Blogger Overshare category, but I’m going to talk about my sleep schedule. *Because* I think it has bearing on my parenting, and others may have had similar experiences.
In general, I am about as flexible as a rebar when it comes to sleep. I don’t need much, but it happens at the same time every night. In the morning, I’m the second up and the second in the shower. Meanwhile my wife wakes the kids and gets them rolling, and here is where the trouble crops up. By the time I’m toweling myself off (that mental image is a freebie — you’re welcome) one of the three kids is already off the rails. By the time I’m dressed and ready, my wife is exasperated and somebody is crying about her socks (no names *cough* *Ri-ri* *cough*).
The morning stink-eye that was being dealt out to the late arriving dad making a beeline to the coffeepot should have been enough. But I needed more stimulus to be able to change. I found it at pre-school. I love driving Coop to his new pre-school. It gives me daily one-on-one with my youngest which is a precious thing in our busy house. But that commute also knocked out my (ever-so-brief) morning gym time.
So one morning my annoyed wife and my expanding gut spoke to me in unison: “Do something!”
Simple solution: move everything back an hour. So now I get up at 5AM and fire up the Wii Fit. I can hear you snickering. Stop laughing. Seriously. Have you tried one? The cardio is a bit lame, but the yoga and strength exercises are good. You’re laughing again. Understand that my fitness goals are not high. In terms of exercise, it is my aim to not do nothing. And the Wii Fit gets me cleanly over that bar. I know you are just clambering for updates, so I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
When I’m done with my extremely vigorous video game workout, I shower. First! By the time the kids are roused, both parents are on deck and ready to assist them. In my opinion, the change has been pretty clear. With two people to assist, everything just goes a bit smoother. I’m not implying that this is a mom v dad thing. It’s not. It’s about boots on the ground.
And I have to say, that I’m a little proud of myself. There was a problem, I made a change, and it’s helping. It’s a small thing, but in the context of a family these small changes can really make a difference. Taking some time to take stock and to be willing to try new things is a core parenting competency IMHO.
How ‘bout you. Ever had to make an adjustment in your ingrained routines? Did it have the desired effect?