Tonight my 5 year old asked if we could make a date for him to stay up late…
Truth be told, I love a scheduled routine. I’m the kind of gal who keeps a detailed calendar, gets anxious if running late, and loves a plan. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and it seems my kid seems to thrive on a routine as well. It works for us. However, I guess there are times I could be a little more flexible with our schedule, especially when it comes to bedtime.
Probably like you, sleep is a big priority for us. As a Mom who works from home, it’s after our son’s bedtime when I get a lot of work done. Plus- we’ve all read the studies, Doctors tell us sleep is just as important in our overall health as healthy eating and exercise. I know when #LittleMan gets the proper amount of sleep, he’s his normal sweet, sassy self the next day. When he’s sleep deprived, the next day he’s an emotional tiny tornado. (Unfortunately, this can’t be solved with a nap- he gave those up long ago. And if your kid is like mine, then the only time he “sleeps in” is when he shouldn’t. You know, like the first day of school or if we’re trying to catch an early flight…🙄) This, my friends is another reason why I’m a stickler for routine bedtimes; honestly, it’s a matter of Mommy survival.
Still… I had to consider the bedtime request. So I asked #LittleMan why he wanted to stay up late? He looked at me with wide brown eyes, a big smile and said, “I want to pop popcorn with lots of butter, watch a movie, and snuggle with you and Dad, Mom.”
How could I say no to that?
So, you BET we set that late bedtime date. And honestly, I’m looking forward to a late night with my two favorite guys. As we let them be little, I suppose now and then it’s ok to let them be a little sleep deprived too.
How do you handle bedtimes and how often do you relax your routine? Let me know in the comments below.