Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Woes of Waking Up

Our children are up by 6 a.m. daily.

Every day.

This includes Saturdays and Sundays.

Did I mention the older one has shennigans up the wazoo that also involve the hours of 7, 8 and 9 p.m.? The wee one: wakes at least twice in between there. There are no zzzzzs to be caught for adults that last more than three hour increments in this house. Needless to say our wish for 2014 was to get to sleep until 7 a.m. one morning. Maybe even 6:45 on a good day. There are novels written about this, people. (The funniest I might add by Dusick).

Enter the Onaroo Ok to Wake Children's Alarm Clock.

Easy to use, simplistically designed and working to the framework of a child that is motivated by pleasing (and perhaps a bit of bribery from his parents), this little time piece is a gem. For the toddler not yet 100 percent on reading a clock, it glows yellow in color to yield the child (aka keep them in bed), then lights up green when he's good to go. You know, so he can wander in and demand to play army guys before you've even taken your first cognizant morning breath.

In the two weeks we've owned it (Amazon primed at midnight on a particularly draining evening), the big has been compliant with it all but two days (to be fair Christmas was in there). The child who will take 400 return trips with us to his room will actually wait for it to turn green, then bring it in glowing and smiling when the time is right. Because this usually means a whole lot of praise, and perhaps some chocolate or a cookie thrown in at breakfast on occasion for the good deed.

And for Mom and Dad, it means an extra 45 minutes of sleep.

Worth every penny, this device, particularly since it tackles the woes of waking up. Yep, wish I would've invented it too...

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