AS a busy single mum to two boys, Sarah Coley knows as well as any other working parent there are not enough hours in the day.
But she has come up with an ingenious way to get an extra hour's kip, using one of her many mum hacks.
Sarah, 41, who works in hospitality, spends her weeks ferrying about sons Beau, 11, and Jared, nine, to their many after school clubs and social events.
And when the weekend comes around, she makes sure she gets a lie-in.
Sarah, from Redbrook, Gloucestershire, said: “I guarantee myself a lie-in by telling my kids they can’t get up until a certain time.
“I write the time on a piece of paper, so they don’t forget, and wait for them to go to sleep.
“I tell them they can’t come out of their room until it reaches that time.
“Once they’re asleep, I creep into the room they share and turn back the clock on their wall so I can get at least one hour to sleep in.
“They’re amusing themselves happily for an extra hour and have no idea I’ve had a nice lie-in.
“Beau does archery while Jared does football, cricket and hockey in the week and on the weekends. So I’m exhausted and really need that lie-in once a week.”
Once they’re asleep, I creep into the room they share and turn back the clock on their wall so I can get at least one hour to sleep inSarah Coley
Sarah, who has raised the boys alone from a young age, has a whole artillery brimming with similar hacks which benefit her - as well as the kids.
She said: “There are always chores and odd jobs which need doing around the home.
“I encourage Beau and Jared to do their share by offering them money if they do the job well and help out.
“They empty and load the dishwasher, put their clean clothes away and do the odd bit of gardening.
“Last summer, I racked up a bill of £26 paying them £1 each to water all the plants and hanging baskets during the hot weather.
“I eventually paid them in £1 coins…what they didn’t realise is I’d retrieved the money from their piggy banks.
“I don’t think of it as unfair because I’m just giving them an incentive to do chores. It teaches them that if they work hard, they can earn money.”
Sarah also plays the ‘sock game’ with the kids, getting them to pair up matching socks from the washing pile.
Occasionally she gives them a small treat for a job well done, but other times tells them the prize is to put them away.
She’s also factored a nice pampering session into her life.
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Sarah said: “From a young age I’ve made it fun for the boys to learn to give me a back massage and play with my hair.
“They enjoy doing it and I get to relax on the sofa after a long day.”
We recently reported on another mum who shared her homemade ‘Kinder Egg’ hack using toys her kids already own – and was labelled a ‘queen’ for the crafty move.