View Poll Results: Poll: Early Bird or Night Owl, what are you? And are your kids the same?

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  • We are all Early Birds.

    12 22.22%
  • We are all Night Owls.

    16 29.63%
  • I am an Early Bird and the kids are Night Owls.

    4 7.41%
  • I am a Night Owl and the kids are Early Birds.

    12 22.22%
  • Other

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    Senior Member Arrived pandahoneybee's Avatar
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    Default Weekly Poll: Early bird or Night Owl, what are you? And are your kids the same?

    This is something that I have struggled with as of late with my boys!! I am up at 4:30 am and ready for bed by 9:30pm The oldest hates to get out of bed before 9am ( he would sleep until noon if I let him) and the youngest usually wakes up around 8am. AND they both can stay up way past mama

    I have a lot of homeschooling friends that let their kiddos sleep in until what ever time they want to, then they are doing their work late into the night!! Yes, so that means if they have a math question at 10pm, mama is up to help them. I just can't do it!

    I was wondering if it had something to do with the fact that I am a late bloomer when it comes to homeschooling? We haven't homeschooled since the beginning and so I am still trying to do a more "traditional" schedule , you know, up before NOON and done before dinner! Or maybe its just because I am up and want to get started?? It's their fault anyways!! Before Kids I could sleep until noon TOO

    So I am voting Mama~Early bird and Kiddos~ Night Owls, what about you??
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    We are all up early. I get up around 5:30 so I can have coffee and read my blogs before everyone else gets up. DS is usually up by 6:30 (in fact, here he comes!). We're early to bed too; I fall asleep by 10 and DS is usually asleep by 8. I love getting an early start to the day and get grumpy if I accidentally sleep in.
    Mama to one son (12)

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    I am an early bird, as is ds, but dd is definitely a night owl. She puts up with us though....

    In our 11th year of homeschooling
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    Computer programming intern, part-time short order cook, and high school senior ds (17)

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    Early birds here. We're all up by 6:30-7:00 usually. Sometimes I would like to sleep in (especially when I stayed up late against my better judgement to watch a movie or read), but our days are much more productive if we get an early start. During the summer we let the kids stay up later so that they can go play outside after dinner.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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    I am a night owl, I like to sleep in the morning and wake up slowly and gradually. I have one kid who is also a night owl (ds), one who is a very definite early bird and gets up at 5:30am (younger ds) and one who is a teenager so she stays up half the night and sleeps all day if she has the chance.

    The problem comes from having to be awake when either of the younger kids is up and, since they are on opposite sides of the spectrum, I'm just sleep-deprived.
    Continuing to homeschool after returning to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dottieanna29 View Post

    The problem comes from having to be awake when either of the younger kids is up and, since they are on opposite sides of the spectrum, I'm just sleep-deprived.
    I said we're all night owls but the kids are still up early at times, making for a rough morning, like today. As i get older the sleep-deprivation thing gets harder to deal with, putting a strain on the entire day. I've always struggled with getting to bed before 12 or 1. I continue to try being an early bird.
    Dad to two: DD, 12 and DS, 8.5

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    My children have an internal alarm that goes off inside them around 6:00am. It cannot be adjusted. It doesn't matter if they go to sleep at 7:00 or 1:00am, they will be up around 6:00. Once every couple of months they do sleep in. And by sleep in, I mean, they sleep until 6:30 or 7:00.

    By age 3.5, I trained them in how to get up alone and use the TV remote to get to the Tivo queue and watch their shows (they learned to identify the network logos for PBS and Noggin). Because if they get up early, that's 5:00am. And while they're better about going until 6:00 now, back then they weren't. I used to put out a cup of juice and a little bowl of cereal for them. Now they get their own, they can read the Tivo queue, access Netflix from the Wii, or just play Wii or on their computers. Especially in the summer, I need another couple hours of sleep in the morning because my natural tendency is to stay up until midnight or later.
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    I discovered I was a morning person in early adulthood - i never VOLUNTARILY get up before 8-ish, but if I DO have to get up that early, it usually works better for me .. .BUT .. my daughter is a total night owl. She has been applying for jobs and not finding any, so when she occasionally sleeps past 3 pm . . . i let it go. her sleep schedule was why we got her out of public school - she could NOT get enough sleep and still make it to school by 8:45.

    My middle son used to be the early riser, but then had so much trouble sleeping for a while. These meds usually knock him out pretty early, but occasionally now that he's a teen, he stays up late - but since he's basically a morning person, I can get him up by 8:30 easily, and he rarely sleeps past 9

    Raven used to be the latest sleeper, but has been getting up earlier. He was staying up until 10:30, but he's usually asleep before 10 now. If he makes it all nite in his bed, he's often up before 7 . . . if he sleeps in our bed, he'll sleep longer.

    My husband is a total night owl. even when working he'll occasionally stay up til 2 am. His last job, he didnt leave the house until 9, tho. When he was out of work, he slept until 10 am frequently and sometimes I woke him up at 10, and sometimes let him sleep til 11. But now the alarm is set for 7:30 and he leaves before 8:30.

    So . . . i dont have kid-free time until 10:00 pm . . . so its hard for me to get to bed before midnight just cuz i NEED some kid-free time . . . i get up and shower w dh, and i'm down by 8:30. and i'm usually tired.

    i would love to have the life where i'm in bed at 10 and up at 6:30 . .. i just dont see it happenning tho
    Cara, homeschooling one
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    When I was younger I was definitely a night owl, I'd stay up most of the night and sleep most of the day. Now though I can't stay up past midnight most of the time, and I get up with my daughter in the morning now.
    Mini Riceball - 9 years old, 4th grade with an ecclectic mix

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    We all get up early. I rarely get more than 5-6 hours of sleep. Tops.
    My lack of sleep is due to years of nursing babies.
    We get up early because there are only so many hours in a day to get stuff done.
    Most of our activities are done in the after noon or early evening, so if we are going to keep up on the house and school work to any decent level - we need to get up early enough to have time to do those things.

    Also, I am a VERY light sleeper, so having kids up late after I go to bed is just not going to work for me.
    And lastly dh gets up early for work, about 6. And isn't going to appreciate that while he does that we sleep until 1o every day and want to stay up late when he is exhausted from a long day.
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