It seems to be impossible to sleep in once we become mothers. The term "sleep in" often times become foreign to us, and we have vague memories of what once was. Yes, "sleep in" is placed in our box along with such terms as break, shopping for me, girls night out, alone time. What are these terms you speak of?
We as mothers are always on the job. I feel that being a mother is one of the easiest jobs to get, but the hardest one to do! If we don't occassionally allow ourselves personal time, like with any job we can become burned out! This does not make us "bad" mothers, it makes us human. As mothers, we may feel it to be an obligation to not sleep past our children. Here are your steps to your "Saturday Sleep and Slumber"
1. Child-proof your house. Put away any thing dangerous or toxic that your child can be in contact with. This includes: household cleaning supplies, knives, electric outlets, etc.
2. Rules of the house. Remind your child(ren) it is not okay to answer the front door (and backdoor if you have a literal child like mine), and to immediately come and get you if someone knocks. Also, remind your children if they are a bit younger it is not okay to cook.
3. Setup shop. Saturday mornings for any kid is magical, it's about the triple C - Cartoons, Cereal, and the Couch! Set out the cereal on a lower shelf or even the table. Also, already have the bowls and spoons laid out the night before as well. Lastly, make sure there is plenty of milk!
4. (Optional) Tell Daddy! Yes, for some strange reason we as mothers often forget our child(ren) has/have a second parent. They typically go by the name "daddy"! Let daddy know the night before you would like to catch a few uninterrupted zzz's. Daddy can take the kids out for breakfast, run errands, or even clean (here's dreaming)! It's okay to take a break and let dad handle things, I think he can manage ;)
5. Sleep and Slumber!
Even if the steps above only gets you an additional hour or so, it is definitely a start. Revise and come up with new rules to add to the list. Please share them and see them posted on MomsInSite.com!