Mama, if you want to create your JOB exit strategy OR create a steady side hustle, but you just can’t find the time, you can build a home based career with early kiddo bedtimes. Early bedtimes for kids rock! Let me tell you why.
Rested kids are happier
Rested kids are happier, less cranky, and overall better little humans. So yes, this is totally my opinion but the National Sleep Foundation agrees. The (NSF) commissioned a study in 2004 to understand child sleep in America. The findings are pretty dire and are best summed up by Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D. and chair of the NSF’s 2004 Poll Task Force.
We need to focus as much on the sleeping half of children’s lives as we do on the waking half. Children are clearly not getting enough sleep…”
One of the best ways to ensure your kids get enough sleep is to first, study up on how much sleep is best for their age. AAP has some nifty guidelines. Next, figure out when you want your mini-me to wake up and work backward to figure out the best bedtime. My kids are ages are 8 months and almost 30 months and they wake up at 6 am and 7 am respectively. At night, the lights are out for them by 7 pm. When they don’t get enough sleep, our house is a bit more chaotic than usual.
Encourages healthy sleep habits
Early bedtimes also encourage kids to develop healthy sleep habits from an early age. The same 2004 study showed that “children who get less sleep at night (those in the lower 25th percentile) also tend to have more difficulty falling asleep. They are more likely […] to take fewer naps during the day and have more sleep problems overall. They may also seem sleepy or overtired during the day, according to their parent or caregiver.¹”
Given the survey results and my experiences with overtired kiddos, my solution has always been too much sleep is better than not enough. As soon as I see a sign of an exhausted/overtired kiddo, I realize I need to tighten the sleep reigns.
Build your JOB exit strategy
Build your J.O.B exit strategy and create your work at home career between the kiddos’ early bedtimes and your bedtime. If you’re ready to create your JOB exit strategy and start a work at home career, early bed times will give you a few consistent hours in the evening to dedicate to this future.
With the kiddos in bed by 7 pm, you could (theoretically) clean up the kitchen, pack lunches for the next day, shower, and be ready to work on your future business for two hours.
It may seem like a lot but if you enjoy what you do, sitting and working while you catch up on a TV show or chat with your partner will be a great way to wind down from your day and hopefully become something you look forward to doing.
Early kiddo bedtimes = rested mamas.
Hello! How hard is it to look cute (let alone think clearly) when you haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since before you conceived your first child? For me, that would be almost 4 years ago. If I hadn’t had some consecutively good nights of sleep in FOUR years, this mama would implode. I’d crawl in a very sad hole and curl up in the fetal position. I’d be useless to myself and my family. Woman, you need sleep! Get ‘them’ kids in bed!
Gives parents non-kid time together
After a long day, sometimes the last thing you want to see is the face of another person who wants something else from you—even conversation can be pretty daunting (or is that just me?).
Spending time with another person, your spouse or partner is a good thing. It’s good for your relationship and whether or not you want to admit it, it’s good for your mental health. At least one night a week, plan to do something with your partner-in-parenting. It doesn’t have to be expensive or necessarily romantic. Just have some fun non-kid time. For me and the hubs, movies always score high on our list. Sadly, we’re about two years behind on ALL movies.
Look, obviously, I’m biased. I think early kid bedtimes are great for the entire family. There is so much to gain—physically, developmentally, and psychologically—for the entire family. Whether you’re launching a home-based career; have a project you’d like to start; want to get more organized, or you just need some consistent sleep. Try implementing consistent early kid bedtimes and let me know how it works for you.
Don’t be surprised when you have happier (and calmer) kiddos AND you have a little more pep in your step. How does bedtime work in your house? Could you use an earlier or more consistent bedtime routine? Leave a comment and let me know what works for you.