You know that time between 6:00pm and 8:00pm when you’re tired, your children are tired and you’re trying to fit everything else into your day in a 2-hour time slot? Those are my witching hours. Traditionally I believe its between 12:00AM and 3:00AM and if you have a newborn, those indeed may be yours, but for me its right around dinner time. During this time I’ve got to shuttle the children home, get dinner on the table, homework done if school is in session, run 1 bath and 2 showers and that’s not even what I’m talking about with “witching hours”. That’s just normal running – everyone has something they’re doing whether its work related, personal or whatnot. I’ve been thinking about this more and more because we’re going to have to rein in bedtime. I don’t know about you, but we’ve really let it go for the summer with schedules letting the kiddos stay up late and sleep in. That’s all about to change in about 2 weeks time and I need to get my act together! The witching hours I am referring to have to do with the children’s personalities during those hours. I think that is why I started to lovingly(!!) refer to them as mons-ners. They’re tired, cranky, hungry and cray-cray. They can be screaming non-sensical rhymes or become stuck in a fire engine sound loop, “weee-oooo, weeee-oooooo, weeee-oooooo”. Here are some of my favorites:
“I need to put on my sunscreen to sleep”.
“I can’t go to sleep because Mr. Bear does not have his coat on”.
“My notebook is in the car!!”. O.o (Your guess is as good as mine with this one.)
Their little bodies are so exhausted they become entangled in their pajamas and end up screeching like a bird caught in a fishing net.
Anyway. I know a handful of moms who turn to a glass of wine at this time to make it through and calm their nerves. I won’t lie, I’ve done that too. I usually indulge in a handful of M & M’s. “I deserve it!”, I think to myself. It helps my patience. Whatever gets you through your day, right? I think the worst part for me is the after-mess. You know, you’ve (finally) gotten to the children to bed and now there’s the house to deal with before bedtime. Occasionally, I do let it go. Sometimes I just don’t have that extra “umph” in me. I find however, that when I do the tidying up before bed, it makes my mornings go smoother and then I can get straight on to the afternoon with a better temperament and positive outlook. Sort of like a chain reaction. Sometimes this is enough to make me trudge through the molasses of picking up toys, wiping the table and cleaning the kitchen one more time before bed. Look for that silver lining! I find that when I really don’t want to – sometimes I can trick myself into cleaning for 15 minute increments like the Flylady at flylady.net. That tip really does work. Wish me luck as we move our schedule around. Good luck to you out there as well!
Be Fierce. #WeCanMakeItThroughBedtime