I'd be willing to argue that kids waking up before parents are ready is the number one complaint among sleep-deprived parents. Before kids can read a clock, they can recognize colors! So I created a super simple solution – a color-coded clock!
What you need:
- A clock
- Red, Yellow, and Green Permanent Markers
What you need to do:
- Determine what time you want the kids to come out of their rooms. We selected 7am. Draw a green line from the center of the clock to the time you prefer (so in our case, the 7) and then a second line one number higher (so in our case, the 8). Color that area in GREEN! (The marker on glass is transparent so it worked perfectly!)
- Identify quite time. Draw a yellow line from the center of the clock to the one number lower than your ideal wake up time (so in our case, the 6). Color that area YELLOW.
- Identify the times the kids must keep sleeping. How much you want to color here is up to you. We chose just to color one hour prior to out yellow area (in our case, 5) – but you could add more if necessary for your child. Color that area RED.
- Explain the system to your kids:
The kids will need to watch the small hand (on our clock it's also the big/wide one). When that hand is in the RED it means they are expected to be in bed with the lights off and trying to sleep. When the hand is in YELLOW it means they can turn the light on in their room and have quiet time: reading a book or playing quietly. When the hand reaches GREEN they can come out of their rooms.
Easy Peasy! Depending on the age of your child, it may take a few days to teach the concept – but, I hope this helps you get a little extra sleep in the mornings!Sleep deprived parents get some extra zzz's with this simple #DIY! #EveryMomDay Click To Tweet