The first thing I thought, and said, was "9:30 would be an early day for my Lizzy. Honest."
It's true, too. The child is almost 10 years old and needs a minimum of 10 hours a sleep per night. Preferably 12. And I don't have a problem with that.
Nope, I don't believe that every adult needs 8 hours of sleep and I don't believe that every adult can function on only 8 hours of sleep. If that's true of adults, how much more true is it of children? When they're growing, when they're learning, they need even more. Shouldn't that mean that during the school year they get more sleep than during vacations?
It should. But it often doesn't.
Last year my girls got on the bus at 8:15 a.m., which means I got them up at 7:30. So let's see, if Lizzy was especially tired and needed to get 12 hours of sleep, that would put her going to bed at....
Yes. 7:30. Which means dinner, homework, showers and a precious tiny bit of play time, not to mention any meetings or activities she might be participating in, would have to occur in just 3 hours between the time she got off the bus and the time she was climbing into pajamas.
Now I've never claimed to be very good at math, but to me that seems to be, well, impossible. Or at least unlikely and stressful.
So it never happened. And she was always tired.
And don't get me started on the attitude and the back-talking. Seriously. I might break out into hives. Hives are not cute. NOT CUTE, I say.
Really, I thought her attitude must be coming from some girl (or girls) at school. "Does so-and-so talk like that?" "Why are you acting like you're auditioning for the mean-girl role on a new Disney channel show?" and so on.
But no. As it turns out, the poor thing was just sleep deprived. My baby was being deprived of sleep, essential to her health and well-being, her ability to learn and enjoy herself while doing it. So now we let her sleep and she is a JOY again. My Lizzy is back! With her quick wit and silly antics, her made-up dances and elaborate project ideas.
She sleeps and they learn and everyone's life is better.
Homeschooling. It'll cure what ails ya.