anyone who knows me knows about my reading habit. i love to read and i always have. the fact that i have less time to read may be my biggest 'complaint' about my child-rich lifestyle.
BUT, even with less time to read, i have still managed to give myself carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain injury) from READING (holding heavy books while breastfeeding). this has gotten progressively worse with each child until i finally got it checked out and was given a splint to wear at night- which really helps. I finally figured out this was what was causing it as i get the numbness still from reading if i'm not careful. anyhoo...
and this book is changing my life:
the author writes about how most kids do not get enough sleep and how family lifestyles are not conducive to children getting the rest they and their parents need.
i needed to hear this. i am trying to develop a 'program' a 'plan' a something to help me in the next year while my man is busy at school and i am mostly on my own. an earlier bedtime is now one part of it.
i strongly recommend reading this book.
for us, it will be the 8 o'clock bedtime- because 7 just is too early around here. i think the bedtime of right now- 9 or 10 o'clock (even though the kids sleep in)- is making everyone really tired and cranky. sometimes everyone just seems so unhappy! this book gives me hope that maybe they are just tired. plus, i will have a bit of 'me time' or catch up time in the evenings which i am lacking right now.
the big challenge? dinner should be 2 hours before the desired bedtime!! !!!!! that is a big challenge for me. my new goal in life is dinner at 6:00. if you had told me 20 years ago that that would be my goal in life, i would have laughed (see the first book i mentioned in this post. i didn't think there was a connection but i guess there is)