While I Was Sleeping


Do you ever wonder what your kids do after you put them to bed? We know they don’t normally go to sleep right away because we can hear them moving around and sometimes even talking and giggling with their invisible friends. We assume though that within a few minutes they will fall asleep. But, do they?

The other morning I woke up, made coffee and read a few posts, which is my morning routine. As I neared the end of my second cup of coffee, I wondered when my son would finally emerge from his room. He went to bed at 11pm and now it was after 9am.

An hour went by and no sound from him. Another hour and still nothing. At that point I decided to go check on him. Slowly cracking the door open, I peeked inside and saw him bundled up in his blanket. He didn’t stir at all.

I decided to give him thirty more minutes. As I began to close the door, the light from his computer caught my eye. I clearly remembered him turning it off the night before. I walked over, turned on the monitor and saw that there was a game paused on the screen. “When did he get up to play?” I wondered.

Thirty minutes later, I came back to wake him. After giving him a minute to open his eyes, I asked him about his night. Come to find out, he got up shortly after I went to bed at midnight, to play on his computer.

“What time did you go back to bed then?” I asked him.

“An hour or two later.” He replied.

“An hour or two…Okay. What time did you go back to bed?”

“At 5.”

“That’s not an hour or two later!”

He was up until 5am? No wonder he was still sleeping. Goes to show that what we think our children are doing, may not be what they’re doing at all.



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32 Responses to While I Was Sleeping

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Yeah, I remember that kind of thing. Another favorite was drawing all night. “But I couldn’t sleep!” Argh!


  2. LindaGHill says:

    Yep, I’ve got one who I suspect is up half the night every night. So frustrating!


  3. Janelle says:

    Too funny! With my son it was reading, with my daughter it was drawing or writing.


  4. Doobster418 says:

    The solution is simple, albeit it may be a bit of hassle for you. Set a password on the computer in his bedroom and don’t share that password with him. Then, once he shuts down the computer at bedtime (or, to be safe, you shut it down), if he wants to get up and use the computer after bedtime, unless he knows the log-in password, he won’t be able to. So he may just go back to bed and go to sleep. Just a thought.

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  5. tric says:

    Haha. You just can’t be up to them. In this house there is no online Sunday to Friday. I am a late night person, so unexpectedly I appear in their room and I make a real big thing about ‘trust’ and letting me down. So even if they do go online they can’t really enjoy it.

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    • mewhoami says:

      Making kids realize the importance of trust is crucial. My mom did the same with me and the one thing I never wanted to do was to ruin it. I do the same with my son. It’s just that I’ve never told him *not* to get up in the middle of the night to play. Since I like sleep so much I never thought that someone would actually want to do that, so the thought never came to mind.

      I like the Sun – Fri policy. We limit his time a lot during the week, but he’s been on Christmas break so he’s been a little spoiled. But, back to the grind on Monday! πŸ™‚


  6. Hah, so true! I’ve had one, and still have another one at home, who read into the night and then wonder why they’re so tired. I can’t complain too much, they get it earnestly!


  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    My son has had problems sleeping all his life. Often, as a kid, he would lay there for hours not sleeping. I have no idea as to what was so intriguing for him to think about but, according to him, that’s what he was doing.


    • mewhoami says:

      I know that even for me, sometimes it can be hard to shut the mind down in order to sleep. I wonder if writing in a journal before bed would have helped him, so that he could get his thoughts out on paper and remove them from his mind.


  8. April says:

    πŸ˜€ At least he finally spilled the beans.


  9. Oh I remember these things! But my kids were so sleep needy that it seldom happened. πŸ™‚


  10. willowdot21 says:

    Scary isn’t it! i know my eldest and youngest used to go on their PC’s until late but we did not have internet until the eldest was about 16yrs ( He is 41yrs now, always written computer programs from the age of about 8yrs!) They also used to listen to Talk Radio all night at times! Then when he was abot 14yrs the middle lad run up a huge phone bill listening to cricket scores all night!!….. Our house is quieter at night now they have grown and left home! I wander what girls do.??


  11. suzjones says:

    I have a night owl. During the school holidays (and even on school nights), getting her to bed before 10pm is difficult. She watches tv and plays on her iPad. So once she goes to bed, I know she’s out like a light. lol


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