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#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

Kids start school again next week, so I want to get myself back into routine, as far as getting up etc.

On school days I usually get up around 6am, as I like to have a coffee etc in peace and have a shower get dressed etc before the kids get up.

This morning I had 2 alarms set for 6am and 6.30am, on the buzzer and up loud and I slept through both, didn't hear them.

So how do you get yourself out of holiday mode and back into reality ready for when school goes back.

Edited to Add: I am thinking about changing it to getting up at 5am so I can fit
exercise into my day

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 21 January 2013 - 09:08 AM.


#2 3mummy3

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

Its hard isnt it! We have been having so many late nights and then sleeping in late, i dont know how we are going to manage to get up in time for school!

Oh and there is no way i could ever motivate myself to get up at 5am for exercise!!! Do you work? If not is it possible for you to fit in your exercise after the kids go to school?

#3 Therese

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

I need to get my girls to bed earlier as part one of getting ready for school again.  But the late morning rises have been soooo nice that I don't want to wink.gif

#4 *LucyE*

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:25 AM

I've started going to bed earlier so it's easier to get up in the mornings. I also have my blinds partially open to let in morning light, so it kicks off that brain hormone thing with light.

Trying to do a menu plan for the first few weeks so I get back into the habit of quick to prepare breakfasts original.gif  No more lazy brunches and endless cups of tea to start my day.

#5 MissingInAction

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I don't have kids but I find walking the dog first thing in the morning wakes me up for the day and puts a spring in my step... it's light exercise and wakes my body up i think original.gif

#6 purpleblackqueen

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

QUOTE (3mummy3 @ 21/01/2013, 10:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Its hard isnt it! We have been having so many late nights and then sleeping in late, i dont know how we are going to manage to get up in time for school!

Oh and there is no way i could ever motivate myself to get up at 5am for exercise!!! Do you work? If not is it possible for you to fit in your exercise after the kids go to school?



I start tafe again on the 4th Feb, but am also looking at going back to work this year, I may have some work experience lined up  (still waiting to hear back), so one that all happens it will be impossible for me to fit exercise in anywhere else.  I hate exercising at night, as I find that gives me too much energy and then I can't sleep

#7 Ianthe

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

Well as I haven't been up before 10 for weeks I don't know. I am not looking forward to it though laughing2.gif I will gradually this week start going to bed earlier. The kids will probably be my alarm next week original.gif

It would be a cold day in hell before I would get up at 6am when I didn't have to be anywhere at a certain time.

#8 unicycle

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

Your idea of setting the alarm now and getting ready for school routines a week early is brilliant. It will work, just set your alarm again for tomorrow (I am massively jealous of your ability to sleep through the alarm). are you getting your kids up earlier now, too? this will help the, for next week.
Maybe while it is still holidays you can do your exercise at 6am, seeing as it has been used for sleeping up until now?
Wait a while before going the whole hog and getting up at 5am. Baby steps....no need to put your body into crisis mode. Do it when getting up at 6am is easier, not yet.

#9 Kalota

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:10 AM

I'm a teacher, so I go back to school next week, too! I don't know how I am going to do it sad.gif Normally, during the school term I wake up at 6am to get ready and leave the house by 7.30am. During these holidays, I've unfortunately fallen into the sleeping routine of my fiancé who is a chef - staying up late and waking up late! I haven't gotten out of bed before 8.30 for a month! Don't know how I'm going to do it next week... Any tips would be greatly appreciated! original.gif

#10 Lyra

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

I'm just going to worry about it when school goes back LOL

#11 TheGreenSheep

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Just realised school goes back next week  ph34r.gif

#12 tamjk

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

What side of the house is your bedroom on?
If my husband doesn't have an early start he insists the curtains in our bedroom are tightly closed at night because the early morning light wakes him up.

I've noticed I sleep longer if the curtains are shut.

I try to be in bed by about 9pm, if DH isn't working I like to be out of bed at 4am so I can sneak out for a kid free walk. This morning was bliss, cool grey sky, light drizzle and I was able to get a bit of a jog in thanks to not having any kids biggrin.gif
I'm a morning person though, getting out of bed at 4am isn't an issue for me, I only know the curtain trick because it was a major issue in the early part of my relationship with DH. He's not a morning person.

#13 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

If you slept thru 2 alarms and they were loud, you must have been so tired, and probably went to bed too late. You can't just go from getting up at say 9am everyday (that is hypothetical, no need to copy and paste) and then start at 6am without adjusting what time you go to bed.

I usually try and move the kids slightly from now until they go back (2 more wks) but to be honest it never works that well. It's so hot here most nights so we all don't fall asleep til late anyway.

I find that by the time the first week is over and they are back into their after school activities, they are getting tired and their bodies adjust.



#14 Freddie'sMum

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

I made myself.

We took the girls back to NZ for our Christmas / New Year break - and 2 days after we got back I was back at work and had to get the girls to holiday care.

Which was our usual - leave the house by 7am - rush, rush, rush.

So, honestly - and it is NOT meant to sound rude - I just made myself get back into our routine.  I made sure the girls are getting into bed at their usual time - on holiday we had some very late nights - bags packed, clothes ready to go, lunchboxes done - everything really.

This week - I have to get the school stuff organised because Miss-7-and-a-half goes back to school next Wednesday - and her little sister - Miss-5 starts Kindy the next week.




#15 purpleblackqueen

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE (tamjk @ 21/01/2013, 11:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What side of the house is your bedroom on?
If my husband doesn't have an early start he insists the curtains in our bedroom are tightly closed at night because the early morning light wakes him up.

I've noticed I sleep longer if the curtains are shut.

I try to be in bed by about 9pm, if DH isn't working I like to be out of bed at 4am so I can sneak out for a kid free walk. This morning was bliss, cool grey sky, light drizzle and I was able to get a bit of a jog in thanks to not having any kids biggrin.gif
I'm a morning person though, getting out of bed at 4am isn't an issue for me, I only know the curtain trick because it was a major issue in the early part of my relationship with DH. He's not a morning person.


My room is the west side of the house at the front, so it gets the afternoon sun, I sleep with the blinds slightly open, so that the morning light comes in

#16 Swahili

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 21/01/2013, 11:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm just going to worry about it when school goes back LOL


Me too.

#17 TheCeriseClupea

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

My routine doesn't change in the holidays. I am an early riser so I get up between 6 & 7am & make a pot of tea. A week before school goes back especially over the Christmas break I start getting the kids to go to bed at their usual bedtime for school. We start to wind down as far as activities are concerned around then too. So no big days out & about where we are easy about meal times & routine. This year however it's all new for us as we have started home schooling.The kids still have a set bedtime but they can sleep a little longer. Our daughter has suspected Narcolepsy so she is desperate for some proper sleep.All the best this year PBQ I hope Tafe goes well, you find a job & Jack & Hayley thrive in your new home.

#18 againagain

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

Every holidays I say I will start getting into routine early, but I never do. We have a terrible first week back while we all re-adjust!

QUOTE
if DH isn't working I like to be out of bed at 4am so I can sneak out for a kid free walk


But that's still night time!!!  ohmy.gif

#19 Rachaelxxx

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

Our girls go back to school next Wednesday and I will be reining in the bedtimes.  Lots of late nights and sleeps in over the summer break.  It will be a huge shock to the system for all of us I think.

#20 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

We have got into the habit of staying up late and sleeping in too. I not been out of bed before 8am most days. I do not early mornings ever if I can help it. lol Going back to early morning school mayhem is going to be hard! Dreading it actually!

Last few nights I have tired to get Miss school girl into bed a bit earlier but so far it's a battle. She doesn't want to go back to school and is resisting all attempts to get back into routine.

Yes I will be the one late on the first day dragging a very reluctant grade 3er behind me!
Can't wait for homework battles and school crassness to start again. Life is easier when we don't have school... sigh...

#21 Maple Leaf

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

I'm just going to enjoy the last week!

I rarely sleep in anyway so won't be that big of a stretch for me. original.gif


#22 tamjk

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 21/01/2013, 10:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My room is the west side of the house at the front, so it gets the afternoon sun, I sleep with the blinds slightly open, so that the morning light comes in


Drat, other than blinding light first thing in the morning all I can suggest is try going to bed earlier and get as much as you can organised the night before. And make sure you are human before you even think about getting the kids out of bed, Mum always said that my brother and sister (not morning people) were easier to get motivated if she was showered and dressed first.

Getting me ready for school was never an issue, I was that horribly chirpy child that was out of bed as soon as the sun thought about peeking over the horizon.

#23 Heather11

Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 21/01/2013, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well as I haven't been up before 10 for weeks I don't know. I am not looking forward to it though laughing2.gif I will gradually this week start going to bed earlier. The kids will probably be my alarm next week original.gif

It would be a cold day in hell before I would get up at 6am when I didn't have to be anywhere at a certain time.


ph34r.gif  Me too.  It was hard enough this morning having to get up for a dentist appointment at 10.30am.

All of us are late risers.  

QUOTE
I find that by the time the first week is over and they are back into their after school activities, they are getting tired and their bodies adjust.


Agree with this too.

Am also glad that the tennis is over by then so there is no reason for me to be up quite so late either.

I figure we get there in the end even if it takes a couple of weeks.

Edited by Heather11, 21 January 2013 - 02:37 PM.


#24 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:04 PM

You just do it.

You get up when you have to, you wake up the kids when they have to get up and you get on with it.

I am going to bookmark this thread for the next time there is a whinge about how hard SAH parenting is, folks, ya got that?

*sez she who has had to get up for work every freaking day except the public holidays and even some of them, no not bitter, not me, uh, uh, not one bit.

wink.gif

#25 Furthermore

Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:31 AM

You could try a bright lamp that automatically switches on at 6am?  You can get timer power point thingies at most electrical shops (JB, d*ck Smith, J Car). Put a really high wattage bulb in your lamp and see how that goes.

I have started aiming to be in bed by 7.30 this week, so far the earliest I've made it is 8.15.  Hopefully by next week when I have to be out the door by 6.45 both my son and I will have adjusted to early nights and early mornings.




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