Exhausted Parents Leave Genius Note to Convince Kids to Let Them Sleep In

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Parents letter to kids in the morningWhen I tell people I can't wait until my kid is a teenager so she will sleep until noon (or beyond), they tend to get all high and mighty with me about how I shouldn't rush things and they're only young once and blah, blah, bloody blah. But finally, I have found my people! Samantha Manville and her husband have become the latest parents with a viral story, and it's all because they were sick and tired of their kids waking them up early on the weekends! Yes, these parents dared to dream of sleeping in. We've all gotta have dreams!

The Manvilles, who hail from Washington state, left a note for their son Liam, 8, and daughter Alexia, 10, detailing the answer to every possible question the kids might have to wake them up at an ungodly hour (aka anytime before 10 a.m.).

Forget Iron Man and the Hulk ... THESE are my superheroes! Check out what they had to say:

Morning Kids!

Mom + Dad are sleeping in this morning!

DO NOT knock and wake us up before 10 AM unless there is a real emergency!!

To answer your questions:

- You can have cereal for breakfast

- Yes, you can watch TV/play Wii

- No, you may not go to your friends house

- No you cannot have a baggie of snacks from the pantry, those are for lunches (yes I mean those ones)

- You can have an orange for a snack. That means one (1) each!

Alexia -- don't antagonize your brother.

Liam -- don't be a whiner ... or at least not 2 loud [sic] one.

We Love You!

Awww, I think I'm in love! And I'm wondering why I haven't thought of a letter!

More From The Stir: My 8-Year-Old's Insomnia Is Ruining My Life

At 8, my kiddo tends to be pretty self-sufficient when she gets up. She can grab her own yogurt from the fridge, turn on the TV herself, even let the dogs out to do their morning business. But there's something about a parent at rest that draws in even the most self-sufficient kid, like a fly to that bright buzzing light.

I tend to answer my daughter's questions in mumbles in the morning because she is an early riser (despite having recently developed a bout of insomnia that keeps her up until the wee hours) and to say I'm not is putting it mildly. When I learned I was going to have to have my labor induced and be at the hospital (more than a half hour drive from my house) early in the morning, folks at my job actually placed bets on whether I'd be late ... to my own induction (I wasn't). Having an early bird for a daughter seems to be Father Time's way of telling me he hates me.

It's so nice to know I'm not the only one getting the old man's middle finger.

If you're wondering if the letter worked, by the way, the Manvilles told Good Morning America it did! Looks like I better find some writing paper and a pen!

What time do your kids get out of bed in the morning? How do you deal?

 

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Radarma Radarma

This is terrific!

Brooke T L Shaw

My kids are 6 and 7.  The rule on the weekends is they have to stay in their rooms until 8:15.  At 8:15 on the dot we hear them heading down the stairs.  The rule began because they would get up very early and be at each others throats by 8:00.  I love this!

Keegan Cochran

Mine are 20 months and 3 months so I get up pretty early still but I think I will get up when my kids want me to get up so I can spend my days with them for as long as they like! I can sleep when I'm dead!

Ashley Dione Ferreira

that's great loved it even though i don't sleep until noon it awesome

Traci... Traci_Momof2

Ha! Love it.  Though DH and I are early risers and the kids don't bother us much in the morning.


What I can't wait for is when the kids can put themselves to bed.  DH and I are also early to bed-ers and often want to go to bed before the kids are ready.  I even almost went to bed once forgetting that they were still up.


When will the kids tuck me into bed?

Dionne Adele Haring

My kids are 2 and 3 and half, my daughter is still in a crib my son is in a day bed. He knows that he has to stay in his room and play till i am up at 8:30am... Fun for him his room is part of the playroom so he has lots of toys, plus he has his own bathroom (lucky lol)

Kelly Walters

Mine didn't start sleeping in until she was about ten years old!!  She would be up about 630 and she couldn't stand letting me sleep.  She's fifteen now and still an early riser and although she doesn't have to have me up with her, she still will do stuff like play with the dogs and get them barking.

Fable Fable

I love it! :)

Jenny Robertson

My 5 & 6.5 year old go down, get cereal, pour milk and turn on Scooby Doo. We sleep in. Glorious.

Tina Goff

It's so funny how the differences between kids and parents today is so far from the way it was when we were kids.  


When I was 8 my mom and grandma were teaching me how to make omelets, fried chicken, gravy and tortillas and biscuits.  Now a days it's like people think their kids will hurt themselves if they pick up a spoon or peal a banana on their won.  If any of us kids wanted oranges we would go outside, climb the tree and pick an orange.


It's a cute note and a fun idea if it works to get an hour or two of extra sleep.  But lets be honest, parents will probably still just wake up at their normal time and lay in bed listening to find out if the kids are behaving themselves.

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