Between kids, caffeine and continuous compromises, moms from coast to coast are consistently challenged to get the sleep they need. On Mother’s Day, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is rallying dads nationwide to let moms get an hour more sleep. The kids can still serve her breakfast in bed; but set the alarm for an hour later than previously planned – giving Mom the gift of another hour of precious sleep!
Set Mom’s alarm clock for one hour later this Mother’s Day. Let her sleep in and have Dad hold down the fort for a short 60 minutes more. Some simple prep the night before will allow for the best breakfast in bed ever.
- It’s All in the Prep! Plan the menu in advance and have all ingredients ready to go. Some breakfast items like French toast, quiche and frittatas can be whipped up and refrigerated until cooking. Pre-set the breakfast tray with silverware, appropriate plates, etc – this will eliminate commotion and clanging in the kitchen. Don’t forget a vase with freshly cut flowers!
- Keep the Kids Quiet…Remind the children that this is Mom’s special day and the family has made a pact to let her sleep in. Have favorite “quiet” toys (like books, coloring books and kid-friendly DVDs) easily accessible so kids can occupy themselves until Mom wakes up.
- Send Mom an E-card…In addition to the traditional Mother’s Day cards, delight Mom when she checks her email by sending her an e-card with a personalized message. Visit www.sleepfoundation.org to learn more.
- Mom Loves Sleep PJs…This Mother’s Day, NSF is offering Mom Loves Sleep PJs – a comfy, camisole and patterned cabana pants ensemble. Visit NSF’s Sleep Shop at www.sleepfoundation.org to learn more about this exclusive offer.
- Get Them Dressed and Ready to Go! Lay out the next day’s clothing before the kids get into bed. Older kids can dress themselves; younger kids may need some assistance. If outfits are chosen and agreed upon the night before, children can get dressed without a fuss.
- Take a Task…Each child should be assigned a specific chore to ensure that Mother’s Day morning is memorable. Create a chart and give everyone a specific duty. Make Mom proud by having the kids pitch in and help one another on her behalf.