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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Getting into sleep-shape for school



Please tell me I'm not the only one struggling to ease our household back into a pattern of early to bed, early to rise. I read this expert's tips on how to ease back into the school routine about building up to a routine gradually but firmly. Makes sense right? Start rolling back the bedtime gradually, getting everyone up a little earlier each day. So why is it so hard to actually do it?

With school on the horizon, I announced early last week that we needed to to get off this late-night crash to all-morning lolling about pattern. So, it would be in bed by 9, lights out by 9:30 and no one sleeps past 9 a.m., then we'd move it back a half hour this week.

By then we should be able to wake up at 6:30 a.m. the first day of school no problem right? Right? Who's with me? *crickets*

ruthpeters.jpgThen I picked up the paper the other day and with a heavy heart read about the death of Ruth Peters, a  Clearwater clinical psychologist who has made regular appearances on the Today Show. She was a nationally known child expert and a locally adored practitioner of Positive Parenting. I've interviewed her several times for stories and blog posts here on Whoa, Momma. I guess Ruth did one last favor to me, because simply reading the title of her books in her obituary shamed me into realizing the problem:

Laying Down the Law: The 25 Laws of Parenting to Keep Your Kids on Track, Out of Trouble, and (Pretty Much) Under Control. Then there's Who's in Charge: A Positive Parenting Approach to Disciplining Children. And of course, It's Never Too Soon to Discipline

As if speaking to me from the grave, the obituary by Lorri Helfand quotes her:

"I'm evangelical in my quest to educate parents on how to parent effectively," she told the Times. "It's a matter of training the parents. They are the ones that need to enforce the rules."

The problem of course is with me. As a working mother I feel guilty rousting the kids out of their summer slumber so that I can get off to work. Luckily for them, I have the kind of job that only requires a computer, so I often have already put in three hours of work from my home computer before they even wake up. But the working mother-guilt excuse doesn't cut it anymore. It's getting too close to school days, and making myself feel better isn't doing them any favors.

Thanks again, Ruth. You will be missed

~ Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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