My husband started working the afternoon shift. He works from 4 pm until midnight now. This is where being a homeschool family comes in handy. If we were still attending public school, I would need to get our daughter to bed early because she would need to be up early. I would then need to get up early with her to get her off on the bus. This would all result in a day of having to be quiet while my husband sleeps, going to bed alone at night, and our poor daughter almost never seeing her father.
Instead, we have just slid the entire family’s schedule a few hours over. We wake up somewhere between 10 am and noon. We do breakfast when we get up. Lunch has been shifted to around 3 pm to 4 pm. We do a snack somewhere between 5 and 6 if we are having one that day (snacks aren’t an everyday occurrence around here). I am now serving dinner somewhere between 9 and 10 o’clock at night.
Then, when my husband gets home from work shortly after midnight, he heats himself up some food. This is when the possibility of another snack arises. We can snack while he eats his dinner. We get our daughter off to bed between 1 am and 2 am and then we are in bed anywhere from 2 to 4 am.
It’s all very strange and different. He and I have never been sleep the day away people. We’ve never been morning people either. Our natural wake up time (when we’ve gotten to bed at a normal hour) has always been between 8 and 9 in the morning. It also feels very weird to not have a 9 or 10 o’clock bedtime for our daughter. Instead, I am serving dinner at bedtime. But, it is better this way. We still get to spend time as a family. There is no quiet time during the day because someone is still asleep. We are just on an entirely different schedule than we have ever known before.
Does anyone else keep their entire family on a strange schedule to accommodate a work schedule?