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This can happen at any age; you wake up your child, think you've done enough work, only to come back 15 minutes later to find that they are still snoring their sweet dreams. It's not just a problem of adolescence, it's a problem of all ages, and difficulty getting out of bed can be for several reasons, and laziness probably isn't one of them.
Instead of stressing about waking your child up in time to get to school, soccer, or just to start the day, find out why your child has so much trouble waking up and move on. Once you know the problem, the solution will be much easier, and knowing that you are not the only one experiencing these difficulties will also help a little. We have some great ideas on how to help your child get out of bed in the morning.
9. Natural light.
Allow natural daylight to wake your child by simply opening the curtains or using a clear curtain that allows morning light to filter through naturally. It is much more pleasant to wake up to nature than an alarm clock.
8. Set the alarm clock earlier than necessary.
Your child may be a night owl and have trouble going to sleep early, or maybe his internal clock just needs a little time to start ticking. If you know they need more time to wake up, give it to them.
This doesn't mean you have to set the alarm an hour earlier than necessary, but 10 minutes so they can stretch and yawn before getting out of bed voluntarily, rather than suddenly jumping out of bed.
7. Play music with them.
If they can do it at the Oscars, you can do it for your child. Get an alarm clock that lets you wake your child up to her favorite music, and she'll wake up in a much better place than with your screaming kitchen.
6. Place your alarm clock across the room
This works especially well for older children; setting the alarm in the room so they have to get out of bed to turn it off makes it less likely that they will fall asleep and put the blankets on.
5. Make sure they fall asleep.
There are several reasons why your child may have trouble falling asleep, and there are also many things you can do to help. Aren't they getting enough nutrients and feeling slow? Or maybe they're not getting enough exercise to stretch. Spending energy during the day, or working on a bike ride at night after dinner, may be just what they need to get a decent night's sleep at a decent hour. By making sure they have the right food, they'll feel awake during the day and ready for bed at a decent hour.
4. Stick to the routine.
Regardless of age, a child does best with a routine, including a designated bedtime. School and extracurricular activities and dinners are held at the same time, so you should go to bed. Keep a set time and your internal clock set for the best.
3. Send a vehicle to wake them up.
If you have a pet, especially a dog, it's a good idea to send it to cuddle to wake up your sleeping beauty. We all know that pets don't like to be ignored, and who in their right mind could resist? A morning hug or playtime with your furry friend may be just what they need to start the day off right.
2. A night out with your clothes on.
This saves time and teaches your child to take initiative. When their clothes are laid out the night before, ready to wear, it's easier for them to prepare because they know exactly what to do. The same can be done with school books and lunches.
1. Let them see the consequences.
This may seem hard, but if your child doesn't want to get out of bed on time, let him/her sleep. It's not ideal, and you may want to choose a day based on lack of responsibility, i.e., no tests or special occasions. Allowing them to be late for school and go to class after everyone else, or even giving up a relaxing breakfast or shower, will make them think twice about their decision to ignore the alarm bell.
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