Thursday, July 3, 2014

5 Reasons Parents Stay Up Too Late

 
So, here I am again.  It’s past midnight and I’m up because it’s so nice and quiet. Everyone else is sleeping. I’m a big believer in the positive effects of a good night’s sleep and I shoot for at least seven hours a night. However, there are a variety of reasons I stay up too late….I bet you can relate.

#1 Savor that (insert favorite guilty food indulgence here): There’s something about ice cream that tastes so much better when it can be savored one bite at a time….without one child trying to stick their spoon into my bowl and another asking for seconds before I even get a chance to sit down and have one bite.  


#2 Watching Television:
What….what’s that?  There’s a new season of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix.  I don’t even have cable and yet I somehow manage to stumble upon some show like “Dexter” that has eight seasons available for streaming. Then, suddenly, I’m hooked and need to know what’s going to happen next. Obviously, these are shows my kids shouldn’t watch so...as they say….there’s no time like the present.  


#3 Enjoying the Quiet:
I love the stillness of a house at night. My kids are blissfully sleeping….like little cherub angles that aren’t capable of doing anything wrong.  And, minus a few late night cat shenanigans, I am alone with my thoughts, just me and an empty document begging to be filled with words.  For others it might be an empty Pinterest board longing for pins or a brand new novel waiting to be opened...or downloaded.  


#4 Productivity:
At night, I can accomplishment more in 10 minutes than I do in an hour while watching my kids. I’m a night cleaner and, even though I know it’s going to get messed up in the morning, I relish waking up to clean countertops, a crumb-free table and tidy couch cushions. I might be alone on this one, but maybe not.  


#5 Me Time:
When you have been scrambling around all day, working, making food, giving baths, wiping noses….it’s nice to have a little me time, to be able to do whatever you want!  It could be painting your nails, watching a movie with your spouse, working out, you name it.


I should go to bed now….I really should….but my treadmill is calling my name!

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