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Why do kids get up early on days when mom could sleep in?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:49pm

It's Spring Break for my kids this week, and you know what that means. The kids will be getting up early in the mornings.

Why is it that the same children who must be coerced and persuaded and threatened to get up at 7:30 on a school day can so easily pop out of bed, often before 7:00, on days off from school?

On Saturdays, for example, when I aspire to catch a few extra z's, my sons will wake me up asking either for breakfast or to play on the computer. Are you kidding me? Do not wake mommy before 8:00 unless there is an emergency.

My daughter generally has no problem sleeping in. She prefers to stay up later and sleep in, just like me when I was a kid. However, she has been known to rise early for more dramatic events such as hitting the road for vacation or watching a royal wedding on tv at 4:00 am.

I guess it's all related to motivation and what makes kids (or adults) excited to get out of bed. A day off from school is filled with potentially fun opportunity. Leaving on a road trip has adventure written all over it. Who would want to sleep in with so much excitement waiting?

But in my book Spring Break and many Saturdays are prime sleeping-in days. A fine time to just ease into the day a bit. Here's hoping for a little sleeping in during the coming week!

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