We are totally new to my partner working shifts. Two of my kids are school age, the youngest is 4. The kids and I need to be up by 7.30am but dad only gets home at 3am (this will be different every week) and needs to sleep. I'm struggling to keep them quiet. I have all the doors closed but one of my older kids is on the autism spectrum and although understands that he needs to be quieter than usual, he forgets.
I'd like to hear what others do. What should I be doing?
I should mention that DH hasn't complained, I just worry that he isn't getting enough proper sleep and driving for 45 minutes at 3am is a scary thought when I know he's tired.
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01-05-2012 07:15 #1
How do you cope with a shift working partner and kids?
01-05-2012 07:42 #2
I know how hard it is my DH works night shift and I have a 2.5 year old and a 3month old, I find I try and go out on days DH needs to sleep or DS and I watch movies in his room it does get very hard but almost a year on and DH has never said anything the phone wakes him more then the kids.
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01-05-2012 11:05 #3
Thanks Mummanna. He woke up about an hour ago and said he didn't hear the kids in the mad school rush so we must be doing something okay lol.
I forgot to mention that he's also been wearing earplugs so that probably helps too.
01-05-2012 11:17 #4
Yes! Earplugs are our life saver here! My husband is a shift worker and I'm going back to shift work in July and would never be without earplugs.
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Lil Flower (03-05-2012)
01-05-2012 11:34 #5Senior Member
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We have the same problem in our house but the ear plugs don't work with the noise the kids make. I try to keep the kids at the other end of the house or outside. I am also a shift worker and haven't been able to get a decent sleep because of the kids and the dogs which bark and run to the front door making heaps of noise.
I have solved the phone problem tho as I hate being woken by it, I made it silent ages ago and only give it to family and everyone else gets the mobile phone number.
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