Every morning at 6:45 my alarm wakes me. Not because I need to get up at 6:45, but so that I in turn can start the long process of getting sleepy teenagers out the door and off the school. Occasionally they make it out on their own, managing their shifting adolescent sleep patterns (their cruel early start is apparently equivalent to 4:45am for a 50-year-old), and their screen-induced melatonin suppression. On good days, a couple of times a year, I reflect that our time as parents will be over all too quickly, and these little moments are precious. Mostly I complain bitterly. But no more – in 2016 I entirely automated myself. At least the part that wakes up the teenagers.
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