School Age

Why Having An Early Rising Kid Is So Hard

When you become a mom, forget sleeping soundly! Even if the little soldiers don’t wake you up, you’re gonna be up worrying about what they’d eat to school the next morning, or something kid related and when you finally sleep, you sleep with one eyes closed, at the slightest cry, whine or cough from any of your kids you’ll leap up. That’s the life of a mom, now add one kid who is an early riser to the list and your chances of getting a good sleep is screwed!

I know cause I have a son who wakes up before the cock crows, he’s 9years old and immediately he wakes up by 3, everyone must wake up with him, whether he did it deliberately or not.  Since the day he was born till now, he wakes up before it’s 4’0clock and makes sure he wakes me up too.

When you have a kid that’s an early riser;


1. Sleeping in is OUT

Don’t bother telling your kids to be silent, no matter ho hard they try to be quiet they’ll still make a noise. The moment they wake up, they’ll drag things, make noise with things that should normally not make a sound and since your mom ears are wired to hear anything everything including the sound of cereals being poured into a bowl, you’d wake up.

2. Kids are freaking sneaky

And if you decide to hug your bed when your early riser kid is out of their bed and running, you are on your own! Everything you’ve deemed off-limit such as your favourite  pen, cupcakes, glue and ink will suddenly be lost. Those children see that moment when you are asleep as the perfect time to poke around knowing you can’t do anything in your sleep.

3. If they’re awake, then so is everybody else

Early risers are as loud as hell, when they wake up, they wake their siblings, how else will they have someone to play with? They get bored, need someone to play with and then they wake up their siblings.  And when the whole crew is awake, you know what happens, it’s either you wake up or they burn down the house before you do.

4. They can nap when they wish 

Early risers can always sleep anytime they like, after all they are kids and nobody can ever stop them from taking afternoon naps. If they woke up 3 a.m, they can sleep at 3 p.m who would stop them? But try sleeping at 3pm at work and see if you wouldn’t be in trouble.

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These Are The Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Play

Have you noticed that babies have no worries in the world; all they do is to play, eat and sleep. I am sure you envy your baby but do not worry you have had your own turn, let him have his too!

You may wonder what is special about playing but it is more than that. It is essential that babies be allowed to play because playing itself is beyond playing. Playing involves skill building, problem solving, relationship management, surmounting physical and mental challenge. It helps in physical, emotional, mental and social development.

Play helps to build the imagination of your child: Kids at about the age of two can act out different roles. They can pretend to be a soldier, teacher or mummy and even turn his potty into a cap, pots into drums, spoon into drumsticks. You can try out using household items to create a playful scene while your child plays a different role. When you allow your child to lead in playing, you are able to discern his level of understanding on what stands out for him in your day-to-day interaction.

Play builds your child’s social skill: When kids start playing, they play individually as they grow; they begin to interact with others while playing. They learn how to share, take turns, cooperate and negotiate as they interact with their friends at school.  You can help your child interact more with other kids at the park, church, mosques by setting up playtime with other families.

Play helps your child develop physically: When your child plays with toys, blocks and participate in sporting activities, he develops his strength, sense of coordination (eye and hand) and balance. All this can be displayed in the process of running, pedalling his bicycle, arrange blocks to form a shape.

Play shows behavioural challenges that your child is experiencing: When your child plays especially at home, some of the actions your child does gives you a glimpse of the behavioural challenges your child may be going through and the opportunity to correct it through play. If your child models a bad action, playfully model the good action

Other nonphysical benefits of play include reduction of stress, crankiness. When your child plays, he has little or no tendency to be grumpy, tense. Physical plays also help to ward off obesity.

During play give your child free reins to determine how things will play out and follow his lead while being mindful of safety. Playing along with your kids help to build their self-esteem that you find what they do interesting and worth engaging.

With all these numerous benefits, I know you would encourage your kids to play more but you can support play by being involved in the play with your kids rather than watching television. You can play hide-and-seek, dance to music indoors and play ball or ride a bicycle together

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