By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, May 31, 2014
In almost eight years of parenting, I have never spent the night away from my kids. In related news, I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in eight years.
My kids, on the other hand, sleep like rocks. Seriously, the rocks my son carries everywhere in his pockets sleep less soundly than this kid. Night after night, eight o’clock rolls around, and like clockwork, two of my three kids announce, “I’m tired!” and head to bed. The other one reads herself to sleep. Hopefully she isn’t too much like me and can actually put the book down before midnight.
That isn’t to say all is peace and tranquility overnight in the Zucker household. I was braced for an onslaught of sickness last year when the big kids headed back to school and brought home every bug under the sun to share with their six month old sister. Turns out I should have been worried about this year – I am preparing for my next career as a hospital orderly since I have spent the majority of my time since January cleaning up vomit.
Since the weather finally, FINALLY got decent a few weeks ago, life is back to “normal.” Which means my seven year old follows me around the house with her book order list in hand, saying, “It’s only 37 dollars. Not bad!” And my middle kid runs around the living room with a foam Lego sword, alternately chasing and being chased by my two year old. I yell at them to stop running, which they ignore until the two year old falls and smacks her face, at which point I have to get up from the computer to comfort her. Comfort = Sid the Science Kid, which I guess should thrill me except that Sid really irritates my husband so I can only let the kids watch it when he’s not home.
What was I saying? Oh yeah, that when my kids sleep well it’s a sign that all is copacetic. But yes, when these kids sleep like rocks it’s because they’ve been out running around. I take them on adventures all over New York and New Jersey – the whole family is super excited that summer vacation starts in a couple of weeks since that means we are free to follow our fancy, such as going to NYC modeling go-sees and networking with amazing entrepreneurs on the way home.
Sleeping well isn’t just about exercise. It’s also about eating well.
In 15 months, my youngest child will be in school. In 10 years my oldest kid will leave for college. That is why I made the choice to be an entrepreneur – so I can impact the people they will be as adults. I know that once they are out of the house. I will only see them for fleeting bits of time. Right now is when I can change the course of their lives by the lessons they learn on our daily adventures. Also? I am building memories they will share forever.
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Moms Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. She blogs at MomCondoLiving.com, tweets @KathyZucker, posts pics on Instagram, gets down to business at LinkedIn, talks about family on Facebook and gets outdoors on Youtube. Email is Kathy@MetroMoms.Net but the fastest way to get in touch is Twitter or Facebook.