I never thought I’d be one of those parents who keep their kids to a strict schedule.
When I was a childless person, I found those “scheduled parents” so annoying. Plans with them had to be worked around rigid timelines that couldn’t be broken. Sure, at the time I understood what they were doing, but I didn’t understand why they were so darn strict. I’d think: Honestly, whats the difference between a kid going to bed at 7pm or 8pm – wouldn’t that just mean that they would sleep in an extra hour?!
Well, now that Haddie is getting well into her third month, I am already starting to understand the joys of scheduling, especially bedtime. When the baby is in a good sleeping groove, it means that you – the parent – are in a good sleeping zone and getting plenty of sleep. The thought of something changing in that schedule and disrupting a good sleep pattern is scary!
Do we really want to risk having to wake up twice in the middle of the night so that we can go to dinner later? No thanks! At this point I’d rather just not go for that dinner with friends and catch up with them next year.
And, Haddie is only 3+ months old, and barely on a schedule! Imagine parents with multiple kids aged 2-6 – yikes! I now see the importance of scheduling.
So, to all my friends that had kids before me: I am sorry for any pressures that I put on you to change your schedule. I’m sorry for making fun of you behind your back. I totally get it now, and I am sure I will even understand it more over the next 5 years.
And, to all my friends who don’t believe in scheduling: power to you. Good luck.