Did you have a good sleep? No? Oh… right, you’re a parent! Hmmm.
Yeah, I totally get that. I’ve just spent the last five years of my life sleep deprived. I’ve even blogged about it in the past.
One thing I have learnt over the years is that ‘sleep’ is the most important parental variable to crack. It’s such a solid foundation brick to family happiness, and if you get it right – life as a parent is wondrously amazing – if you get it wrong, you begin to wonder whether you really were cut out for this parenting lark.
My problem was that I never did the whole ‘sleep when they sleep’ thing. And as a bona fide ‘night owl’ I would insist on staying up late to finally get some ‘me’ time. So when my two finally got through the baby stage and we reached ‘toddlerdom’, I paid the price by having to get up at ‘5 past ridiculous’ when the kids woke refreshed after their 10-11 hours of blissful slumber.
Then we discovered Gro-Clocks!
They are cool little sleep trainer gadgets which help kiddies tell the time… well, more specifically, they use simple stars and sun graphics to create a boundary which cleverly distinguishes between a ‘close your eyes again and dream of My Little Pony’ hour and an ‘OK, it’s now acceptable to clamber upstairs to jump on mummy’s head’ one.
I’m not sure if they work for every single child… but they definitely work for Gammon and Chips. We’ve got two of them and even though Gammon is now five and a half and Chips is three, we still use them to get some much needed sleep/sanity in the mornings.
Our two like a morning structure to work within, and it took probably about a week of repeating the ‘there’s no getting up until the sun comes up on your clock’ thing (with a little bit of marble jar bribery thrown in for good measure) before it worked, but from then on we were tickety boo on the morning front.
So a huge thank you must be given to The Gro Company for not only bringing much joy and happiness to our family, but for providing me with a sanity-saving Gro-Clock worth £29.99 to give away to my lovely followers. For your chance to win a well-deserved sleep-in, enter below!
Competition Terms & Conditions
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
No purchase is necessary. The Rafflecopter widget above will accept entries from 7am (GMT) Wednesday 13th May 2015 until the close of the competition at 11.59pm (GMT) on Sunday 31st May 2015. Any entries outside of the Promotion Period will not be counted.
The competition is run by Gammon & Chips (@maddiesinclair). No correspondence will be entered into.
The winner will be chosen randomly by Gammon & Chips using the Gleam widget. The winner will be announced by 02/06/2015.
The winner will be contacted via email by Gammon & Chips and must respond the same day or else another winner will be drawn. The prize will be sent directly to the winner by The Gro Company.
Entrants must have a valid UK address. Bulk, third party or any entrants using automated software will be disqualified.
The prize is not transferable, re-saleable or exchangeable. There is no cash alternative.
Gammon & Chips reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this promotion at any time due to circumstances beyond its control.