If you want to be a better parent get some Freaking Sleep!I think that this is probably the second easiest piece of advice that I can give people depending on their situations.
I know, I know. I can already hear the arguments. But Kyle, you say.
But what, I say.
I need some time for me, you say.
Do you want to do this or not, I say.
Okay. I understand the desire to stay up and watch TV, play video games, or maybe even spend quality time with your significant other. These are all great things and you should make time for them. Even TV and Video Games have their place. They are a great way for some people to unwind.
It’s best to go to bed a short time after your kids finally fall asleep at least a few times a week; or whatever time will allow you to be in bed for at least 8 hours before you need to get up or your kids get you up.
It can’t be done every night; and I get that. But if you get more sleep you’ll be able to be a more patient and more attentive parent. Hey, maybe you’ll even become one of those people who gets up earlier than their kids. Remember those people? Those people who get more done before 8 in the morning than you do between the hours of 8 and midnight.
This can be tough but I promise you if you can get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at least 3 or 4 nights a week to begin with, it will change your Freaking Life in a number of ways. With more energy (not provided by caffeine) you will be able to more easily tackle all of those things that you’ve been putting off for so long and you will be a better parent by setting a healthy example of what it means to be a grown-up.