The following is a post from Pr. Erik’s blog from over a year ago.
Scarlett, our youngest, has now gotten into the habit of waking up well before 6am and deciding that she is no longer tired and that it is time to get dad up. The mornings have become fairly predictable.
5:30 Scarlett is at her doorway yelling for dad (not mom, but dad)
5:35 Dad gets Scarlett back in bed, telling her it is too early to get up
5:45 Scarlett is at the door again, I not tired, she says
5:46 Dad is in bed with Scarlett trying to get her back to sleep
5:47 Scarlett starts poking dad, and the next 15 minutes are trying to get her to stop
6:05 Dad gives up, takes Scarlett to the bathroom and down to watch TV, trying to keep her quiet so the rest of the house can sleep
I finally got to the stage where I have stopped fighting her on this. I still try to get her to stay in bed until at least 6, but when she comes down stairs I decided to turn this into daddy/Scarlett time. So we cuddle in the chair, watch some cartoons and joke around with each other.
Once I made that change, from fighting it to embracing it, my morning got a lot less stressful and I started to enjoy my time with her in the mornings so much more.
Now don’t get me wrong, I would still love for her to sleep an extra hour or so every morning, but as long as she is up, I am going to make the best of it.
So what are some areas in your life where you learned to embrace the issue rather than fight against it?