My guess is that I’m not the only homeschool mom who has this image of perfection in her mind.
It involves being up at least two hours before the children get up. This ideal homeschool mom has her own personal, uninterrupted quiet time, exercises 30-60 minutes, showers, and gets nicely dressed for the day.
When her children greet her, she looks lovely and already has (a nutritious, home cooked) breakfast ready and waiting for her darlings.
Her day has started out well, no doubt carrying over to the rest of her peaceful, well-planned day.
Would you lose all respect for me if I told you that I’m not that image of homeschool mother perfection? Because friends, try as I might, I’ve never been able to make that early morning routine work at this stage of my life.
My Foiled Attempts to be an Early Riser
I’ll be the first to admit that I would love to be up well before my children. In fact, I’ve tried. Many times. And here’s what happens.
First, they find me.
They find me, people! Imagine the utter disappointment when I make the effort to get up early, only to be greeted a half hour later by a little person with some sort of supernatural radar sense that picks up my presence in the kitchen before I’ve made any worthwhile contribution to my day?
Agony. I’m telling you.
Then, and this one is more serious, I have a tendency to get severe headaches if I go for many days without eight hours or so of sleep. I’ve always been like that.
If I could somehow hunt up one supermom power, it might be the ability to go on 6 or 7 hours of sleep. But alas, no cape for me today, and I see nary a thread of one in my future.
And I know that the goal would be to just go to bed early, but I’ve found that to be the only time that I can get work done in uninterrupted silence is after they are all in bed.
If It Isn’t Broke…
So now I’m left wondering if it is really all that bad if a late to bed, late to rise routine works best at this stage of my life. I mean, if it isn’t broke, should I continually try to fix it?
What typically happens is that I go to bed between 11-midnight and am up around 8am, give or take 30 minutes. In my dream world, I’d be in bed at 10pm and up around 6:30am, but it has yet to work well for me.
It did at one time in life, sometime long ago and far away before I entered into the beautiful existence known as motherhood.
And I can’t seem to find any serious detriment to not getting up early right now.
We might eat breakfast a little later. Our schoolwork might get done around 3pm instead of just after lunch. I might have to find creative ways to pray and connect with the Lord throughout my day.
But the children still get fed, the schoolwork and housework still gets done, we still enjoy our day, and we have family worship every morning and evening.
I won’t lie. I still want to get to a place where I’m an early riser again. But if I can’t do it right now, and if this seems to be working for us at this stage of life instead, could it really be that bad?
What do you think? Can staying up later and getting up later work for a certain stage of life?
This post is part of the 31-Day series, An Extended Stay, where I invite you into my heart and into my home through the whole month of October.
You can read more 31-Day series by other bloggers in the Family section of the challenge’s website linked up here.