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Amanda Lamb: Mom alarm

Posted June 15, 2014

Let me be clear: We have four alarm clocks in our house; one per family member. We also have four phones with built-in alarm clocks. But somehow, if I don’t open bedroom doors, turn on lights, and perform the “wake-up ritual” (jostling covers, calls to get up) then everyone simply sleeps on blissfully unaware that they need to get out of bed.

Even when I run or go to the gym, I stop in the middle of the workout to make a call to home and cell phones to make sure everyone is up. The few times that I have neglected to do this, I return to sheer panic as everyone tells me they can’t possibly be ready to go in 20 minutes.

I asked my husband why this pattern exists. He said simply: “Because we count on you to get us up. You’re good at it.”

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I failed to set my alarm clock. Would we all oversleep and miss our deadlines for carpool and work?

I’m not ready to find out what would happen if I did this, but sometimes I’m tempted …

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and an author of several books, including some on motherhood. Find her here Mondays.


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  • snowl Jun 16, 2014

    This is a "wake up call" for other mom's, not do this. Amanda might need to start using an air horn, then the family will want to get up before their alarm! :)

  • wayneboyd Jun 16, 2014

    Leave them in bed, its their day they are missing. In time they will learn that they are the masters of their fate, they are the captains of their souls....not mama!

  • New Holland Jun 16, 2014
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    my wife also has her Mommy alarm, so in the middle of the night, any little sound our boys make, she jumps out of bed.