Originally Posted by chfriend
Keep reading. People are brainstorming their hearts out to think of way OP can get the sleep she needs and her children can have the supervision they need.
No one has suggested that she just walk around exhausted and suck it up.
I've finished the thread now.
The only suggestion I've seen that addresses the general
issue of kids waking up before their parents is the idea of locking the kids into the parent's room.
Either you need a hook & eye type lock, or a doorknob lock. In our house, dh leaves way before the rest of us (including the kids) get up. If we used a hook & eye, he'd have to open it to leave, and then it would be unlocked. If we used a doorknob lock, dd could open it, unless it had a key. That means trusting that the key won't go missing, and leave us trapped in the bedroom.
I'm sure we're not the only family where dh leaves before everyone else gets up. So - how does someone make sure the door stays locked?
(In our case, dd isn't even in our room, which we could change, but won't. She sleeps much
better without the rest of us in the room.)
It's not so much the specific case in this thread that bugs me. It's this "if you're tired, suck it up - that's part of being a parent" vibe that I've seen on here a few times lately. Anytime a parent is asleep when they "shouldn't be", the reaction from some people seems...weird. Being over-tired isn't the same thing as getting drunk or high - people can't help needing sleep. Sure - being tired is part of being a parent, but that seems to be carried over into the mindset that we should just ignore exhaustion or something...