Back on the ole’ School Schedule

August 4, 2011
posted by Tia in Home Schooling, Living

Look! It’s all four of my cute kids up early in the morning.

I’ll just tell you right now. I am not, by default, a morning person.

When evening has come and all of the kids are (sometimes finally) all tucked away in bed, the nighttime hours seem to stretch before me filled with endless possibility. I could stay up for hours, virtually undisturbed, doing whatever I want. Even my husband is a morning person, and is guaranteed to wander off to bed long before I’m out of steam.

I figure that my default sleep pattern is simply obedient to the first law of physics: Things like to keep on doing what they are already doing. If I’m working on a project at night, I like to keep projecting. If I’m sleeping in the morning, I’d like to just keep on sleeping, thank you. 🙂

That being said, I like myself much better when I get up early in the morning.

There is a scripture that I believe very much in that says, “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 3:19 in The Book of Mormon).

Another scripture in point: “Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary, arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:124).

That natural man in me really puts up a good fight, but early mornings do invigorate me, there’s no doubt. If I don’t arise early there’s a very small chance that I will get any personal, alone time for reading scriptures during the day. Or praying. Or exercising. Or showering. (Or going to the bathroom, for that matter.) Only when I am up early with my family (and ideally up a little earlier than my family), do I feel like I begin the day in a way that sets us up to be orderly, productive, and peaceful.

Since Sunshine was born, I’ve slacked off a lot. I’ve stayed up late, I’ve slept in most mornings, I’ve napped with the baby in the afternoon. At least it was summer. But this week, we’re back on track. I’m heading to bed earlier, I’m up early in the morning with the family before my husband leaves for work. We haven’t officially “started school” yet, but we’ve got our schedule ready for it. I’m putting off that natural man again. Hard work, that!

I am a morning person. But not by default. By choice.

Are you a morning person? If so, is it by default? Or is it by choice, effort, and battle with the first law of physics?


2 responses to “Back on the ole’ School Schedule”

  1. Michelle says:

    Right now? I am not a morning person. Morning sickness kept me in bed for quite a while in the mornings and now pregnancy insomnia (and the heat!) are keeping me up too late.. but I am slowly working my way back 🙂 I, too, was born a night owl and revert back to that quite easily. The only thing that really gets me out of bed early are my kids. Right now, I get up when they do most days but when I was feeling better I too would try to wake up a bit before them for a shower and the like. Having that peace to begin the day with makes a wonderful difference.

    • Tia says:

      Pregnancy and newborns are two things that make good sleep patterns really hard! But if it’s not one thing it’s another. It is a constant struggle, isn’t it? Best wishes in your pregnancy!

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