One of my big pet peeves is when people use gimmicky phrases without explaining or giving context. I see this a lot in education. Principals and teachers will share all these great things they are doing in their school or classroom but they use buzz words that do not give clarity. They are: changing the game in education, putting kids first, getting rid of their desks, using standing desks, getting out of their office, using social media and the list goes on and on. What do these all mean and what do they accomplish? I don’t think there is anything wrong with any these ideas but what I really what to know is what issues are these changes addressing and why they made the changes in the first place. I believe this information is more valuable to share than the ideas themselves. We had X problem in our school so we did Y to help solve that issue. This information is vital. Otherwise, we all start doing what the “best” schools are doing without any idea why we are doing what we are doing. I use the education example, but I believe it fits most areas of life.
I don’t want to make changes simply because some “expert” suggests it. I believe in the old saying “if it’s not broken don’t fix it.” I stumbled upon a YouTube video that talked about what happens to your brain when you hit the snooze button. As a mom with an infant and two other kids who are not always the best sleepers, I am a chronic snooze button user. This video really made me consider quitting this habit though. The other main reason I have considered quiting this habit is because my 4 year old has a habit of stealing my phone in the middle of the night to watch videos. I use my phone as my alarm and I keep my phone by me (yes I know this is not recommended, but I often switch rooms during the night and I use my phone to keep me awake when I am feeding the baby, so having my phone is the most convenient) and her stealing my phone has caused me to wake up late numerous times. We tried consequences and at the moment none of them are working. My only other option is to stop using my phone as my alarm and to put it away at night so she cannot find it.
We purchased an alarm clock to keep in our guest room to solve the problem of my daughter stealing my phone and to eliminate pressing the snooze button. The alarm clock is not right next to the bed so I am forced to bed up to shut it off. The video issues a no snooze button challenge and starting tomorrow morning I am accepting the challenge. I am going to start with a week and we will see how it goes. My hope is I wake up more refreshed and on time because I am not relying on my phone.
Are you a snooze button pusher?