My New Finds

I am going to start with something we recently bought from Amazon, which has made a HUGE difference in the quality of life in the McDonough house. We just purchased a kid "alarm clock". The clock tells your kid when it is appropriate to get out of bed. When the clock is highlighted  blue, they "must" stay in bed. When the clock is highlighted yellow, it is time to get up. GAME CHANGER!   Jack has never been a great sleeper, we have to lay with him to go to sleep at night and he wakes in the middle of the night to come into bed with us. That was BEFORE... Now, he only gets out of bed when the clock says he can.  I must say that Jack loves rules, so this really helps when trying to get a kid to buy into this, but our bedtime routine has turned into a dream. I read him a book before bed, say goodnight and look at the sleeping bunny highlighted in blue on the clock and that is his cue to go to sleep and not get out of bed. I let him read a few books on his own in bed, but he never gets up. The best part is I am no longer  laying with him for an hour waiting for him to fall asleep and then quietly sneak out of his room, hoping not to make a sound. In addition, the middle of the night is no longer an issue. He wakes in the middle of the night, sees that the bunny is still sleeping and highlighted blue and then goes back to bed-- he DOES NOT come into our bed. We have the "sun" set to rise on the clock around 6am, so anytime after that he is free to get out of bed. I was not sure that this clock was worth the investment (almost $50) but it is worth every cent... even Dan agrees, which is almost unheard of...

My next finds are recent kid books I purchased. Not only am I sick of reading the same books over and over every night but many of our books are starting to be too young for Jack. I just bought Dragons Love Tacos, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and The Wonderful Things You Will Be A warning that the last two books listed might bring a tear to your eye... not in a sad way, just really sweet books. I love The Wonderful Things You Will Be so much that I am reading it to Jack's class on my assigned reading day. I really recommend these books if you are looking to add anything to your home library!