Circadian Rhythms

Do you have kids with different circadian rhythms? It seems I have one “rooster” kid and one “owl” kid; in other words, one is a morning person and the other a night person.  

I’ve always been a morning person, myself; at the age of three, I’d be up having porridge with my dad before sunrise, and retiring for my nap by the time my friend woke up and came calling. 

I’m still a morning person, but I consider “morning” seven o’clock. Little Bro considers it five freakin’ thirty. He’s not only awake, but ready to do a 100 burpees and seal the driveway. I barely have time to put socks on, because there’s breakfast to be had. Trucks to line up. Couch cushions to hide under. Songs to be swung by the arms to.  

Meanwhile, almost three hours later, Big Bro oozes out of bed and downstairs like cold molasses. It can take a good 10 minutes of sitting on the stairs to process reality before he’s ready to even think about eating.  

And when he does get to the table, Little Bro is ready to take a break and join his brother, tucking into his ‘Phase 2’ bowl of Shreddies.  

The good part of this is that I get a few hours one-on-one with each son during the day (Big Bro’s time being during Little Bro’s afternoon nap, of course). 

The down side of this is that it’s a looong day, and I have a kid full of beans at each end of it. Big Bro, the only night owl in the family, comes to life as the sun goes down, pogo-ing around the upstairs hall.  

 The other not-so-good part of this is that this is me at either end of the day: 

 All I can say is, it’s a good thing I love their company so much. 

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. KD says:

    I was the early bird and my sister the night hawk in our family!

    • Janet says:

      Ah yes, me too. Our families would be on road trips, and my siblings would be half-asleep with earphones in in the car. I’d be ready for adventure.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    loved this post and of course your cartoons too, especially you at the start and end of the day and the boy coming down the stairs was brilliant. A smile a day keeps the Dr away and these sort of posts certainly make me smile πŸ™‚

  3. Brenda A says:

    Ahhh, you’re such a good spirited Mama! It will continue to change, your routine, as the kiddos get older. Each stage has its ups and downs.

    • Janet says:

      Yes, as I’ve already seen in a few short years. I keep that in mind those times that I want to just lie face-down on the living room carpet! πŸ™‚

  4. kathy downey says:

    I love this post,when my kids were growing up some mornings I wanted to hid…lol

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    Heh I remember going through a phase like Big Bro when I was young and the struggles my parents had with me!

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