Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Takes a Heroic Effort

No parent likes to get out of bed in the morning. Let me rephrase that, no human likes to get out of bed in the morning. It’s certainly more difficult for parents of young children to do this though because of the sleep deprivation they endure regularly. It is a part of being a parent, and something that parents learn to either conquer or deal with.

I read a post titled, “The Heroic First Minute of the Day” that is about getting out of bed on time as a parent. I thought the titled was hilarious, and really true. It takes that first heroic moment to pull yourself out of bed and start the day. The post talks about that, and also some tips about how you can make that moment a little more endurable.

Getting Your Child to Sleep at Night: Tips and Advice To Help You

Trying to get your young child to fall asleep is a difficulty that parents all have to deal with. It is hard enough to get your own body to be tired at the right time of day, let alone your child’s. There is no way to make them fall asleep, but you can stress behaviors that will help. Cutting out things such as late night snacks, loud noises in the house, and other distractions can be helpful in creating a good sleep environment for your child. You should set a bedtime and stick to it every night. Having a definite routine will make some sense of normalcy for your child, and in time it will help their body to feel tired at the right time.

A recent post on Dad’s Round Table titled, “Tips to Help Your Child Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep” had some really interesting pointers to give on this topic. They discuss topics such as paint color in your child’s room and also instilling a dimming light into their room as well. The light being dimmed can trigger their biological clock to make them feel tired.

How do you get your child to fall asleep at night? We would love to hear different techniques parents are using!

Praying the Rosary Before Bed

“Is it wrong to lie in bed praying the rosary until you fall asleep, when you have trouble sleeping? I’ve done it. My husband is scrupulous and feels this is wrong and disrespectful. He is the insomniac – gets very little sleep at night, has tried everything, etc. Yet – during our daily rosary he invariably gets drowsy and falls asleep. It’s been like this for years. I tell him, “why don’t you pray the rosary, that always puts you to sleep?” But for him this is out of the question, because the intent is wrong. Me, I think it’s fine, it’s better than thinking dumb thoughts or worrying while waiting to fall sleep…” – “Rosary as a Sleep Aid”, Catholic Answers Forum

This question was a featured post over on The Catholic Answers Forum, and I thought it was a good one. I think that falling asleep in prayer is probably the best way you can fall asleep! I cannot believe that this woman’s husband thinks it is wrong to fall asleep praying. The wife raises a valid point, all anybody does when falling asleep is concentrate on random thoughts. So why not use that time as time for prayer? In my opinion there is no wrong time to pray!