You can be sure there will be too many mornings when it seems you’ll never be able to get your tween up on time. You try yelling, threatening or dragging kid and mattress to the floor. You’re even more frustrated when you discover that all of the fuss and noise won’t result in the opening of one sleepy eye.
However, you just can’t give up. There are ways to at least make those impossible morning struggles happen less frequently, and just maybe induce your tween to start getting up without the struggle. Some helpful hints may save both you and your sleepy tween from constant conflict.
1. Adequate sleep is important. Be sure your tween gets eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, especially on nights before school days. Insist that all required homework must be done by a specific bedtime, and you will permit no late TV on those nights when adequate sleep in important.
2. On every night before school days, all snacks and liquids should be consumed no later than three to four hours before bedtime. Late eating of fatty snacks and drinking of whole milk too often cause two a.m. trips to the bathroom, difficulty in waking in the morning and drowsiness in class that day.
3. If all else fails and you’re too busy in the kitchen to make frequent and unsuccessful trips to the sleeping tween’s bedroom, make sure some attractive breakfast smells waft by the snoring nose. To be certain, bring a plate of sizzling, steaming sausage, bacon or ham.
4. If there are older siblings in the family, and are prompt and obedient in the morning, they can set good examples for the tween and younger kids. Kids often look up to their older siblings in admiration, and want to be like them.
5. Give the tween a set of regular daily morning chores and responsibilities, such as pet care, room clean-up, clothing gathering for wash, lunchbox preparation and kitchen dishes to wash. Additionally, despite what child experts who never raised children say, consider applying the allowance reward and no-reward system. When money is involved to a tween, this type of discipline is sure to encourage compliance with required morning wake-up time and other duties.
There are many ways to get your tween up and going in the mornings without a struggle. Before becoming so frustrated you’re ready to hire a brass band or use a fire alarm, consider some simpler ways to solve the problem.