Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers

Total Bedtime

This morning I woke up on a pile of cushions placed in a bed-like fashion on my living room floor…

 

The cushions had provided very poor lumbar support and my body begged me to give up on the day before it had even begun. 

My night had not started on a pile of cushions; but in a similar way to Holland adopted ‘Total Football’ in the 70’s, my household appear to be trailing something I’m calling ‘Total Bedtime’. Essentially everyone sleeps wherever the heck they like and I move to wherever there is space for me – I like to think I am the Johan Cruyff of bedtime… always finding space. Some nights I seem to sleep in 3 different places. Sometimes I can’t really remember moving from one place to another.

Pre-kids sleeping was fairly straight forward. I’d go to my room when I was tired, get in bed… and then go to sleep. Occasionally, I might go to bed early other times I’d stay up late. Honestly, the process of sleeping was gloriously boring. And, I’d always wake up in the same bed I went to sleep in.

Like ‘Total Football’ though the days of ‘Total Bedtime’ are numbered. Soon the players in my team will realise the tactical advantages of sticking to their strongest position and most suitably sized bed. And, maybe when I look back on ‘Total Bedtime’ I’ll look back on it with the same nostalgia as I look at ‘Total Football’… All I can do is hope that I don’t meet Germany too early in the competition and enjoy it while it lasts.

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Snow Day

Snow Day

On this day in 2010 I walked through the snow to visit my wife and one-day-old son at our local hospital... Due to various complications, my first born had a short spell of intensive medical oversight before being released into the real world. I chose the frozen walk...

Latest entries

10 tips to support your child after break-up

10 tips to support your child after break-up

In 2020 Dad.info ran a survey asking 1000 separated parents about their experiences of divorce or separation and they generously shared their concerns and most importantly their tried and tested solutions. If you are looking for ways to save your children from being...

We Support The Parents Promise

We Support The Parents Promise

More couples discuss what they would do if they won the lottery than how they would co-parent their children if they separated.  87% of couples have talked about how they would spend a lottery win. Just 5% admit to having discussed potential parenting...

ASK DEBBIE- MY DAUGHTER DOESN’T WANT TO SEE ME

ASK DEBBIE- MY DAUGHTER DOESN’T WANT TO SEE ME

Dads, do you struggle sometimes? Who do you reach out to for help? Debbie Pattison, a qualified counsellor at Fegans can answer your questions. Send them in to Ask Debbie at info@dad.info and if she can she will answer. Today’s question is about problems in...

Pin It on Pinterest