My Teen has trouble waking up for School

Robin - posted on 03/11/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have such a hard time getting my 15 year old Daughter to wake up and start getting ready for School. This is not something new but I've never talked to anyone about it before. I feel like she is at an age where she should be responsible for this. I have a hard time in the morning myself and having to go in and out of her room five times at least puts a lot of stress on me. Bed time is 10pm but it doesn't seem to matter what time she falls asleep she still has a hard time waking up. Does anyone else have this problem? Do all teens have to be woken up by a Parent or do they get up on there own?

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Brandy - posted on 03/13/2013

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Hello Robin, I have two daughters and a son. My oldest all I have to do is turn on the light and she will wake right up, my middle daughter takes forever to get out of bed and I have to tell her a number of times to get up. I have been told to use a squirt gun or spray bottle, to wake her up after 3 times of telling her it was time to get up. I have not used this, but a friend of mine does and it works for her boys, they are 14 and 11. My daughter also takes forever in the morning to get ready, it is stressful just dealing with her in the morning so I understand completely. Something you may want to try, but start on the weekends just so you can see if it will work is to get an alarm clock, they have one's that are annoying sounding and roll off the table and end up rolling all over the floor and you have to get up out of bed to turn it off. I know semi-driver alarms are very annoying as well and it may help wake her up in the morning. I hope that helps. Best of luck.

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Shawnn - posted on 03/14/2013

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My two sons know that if they don't get up with their alarm, then next thing they're getting is an ice water bath.

Haven't had to do that but once, with the oldest.

But, then again, I don't put up with any crap from my kids. They know that they get told once, and then it's on them to take care of things. I have always expected my kids to have age appropriate tasks down so that I don't have to follow or remind constantly.

Now that one is fully grown, and the other is almost out of HS, I think they're doing pretty well. And, yes, they drag in the morning sometimes, but they drag themselves out of bed, drag themselves out of their room, and face the day without me telling them to get their butts going.

Yeah, that darn squirt bottle may make her cry, but it won't hurt her, just her precious feelings.(not that I am downplaying kids' feelings, but this giving in to every whim of our kids is ridiculous)...its time for her to be responsible. I bet darn good and well that one morning with the squirt bottle will cure all of her ills and ailments when it comes to getting out of bed.

Robin - posted on 03/14/2013

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Thank you Brandy, She has an alarm clock but she sleeps right through it, I have to turn it off. I can't do the squirt bottle it would make her cry and I would feel to awful doing that. It is stressful like you said and it puts me in a bad mood every morning.

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