How do I wake my 5yr old up for school without him being cranky and mean towards his sisters?

Jonetta - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 5 yr old is extreamly mean in the morning. I will wake him up for school and he refuses to get up. once I finally get him up he becomes a tyrant towards his older sisters who try to help him get dressed in time to get to school. He punches screams throws things and last time squirted toothpaste on one of them. Is there anyway to wake him up in a better mood or calm him down immediatly in the morning? He is even starting to become mean towards me.

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Allison - posted on 10/02/2009

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I have had this issue with my oldest son who is now 10 over the years. I now remind him that he will be going to bed earlier and earlier until he finally awakes in a good mood. I know my daughter who is seven awakes about an hour before everyone else to shower and eat because she likes it quite in the morning. My time in the morning may be something to give a whirl. I know I love a nice long quite shower in the morning. good luck and smile!

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I had a similar issue with my younger daughter. She is not a morning person, and had the tendency to be mean when she was rushed. I started to move her morning routine back a bit. I would start making noise about 30 minutes before she had to get up. Cook something that smells yummy for breakfast. Go past her room about 10 minutes later and softly let her know she had to get up in a few minutes, so she could start to get her bearings and have some quiet time alone to wake up. Then I would go in about 10 minutes before she had to get out of bed and give her a kiss, maybe a cuddle, and tell her what the day was going to be like (You get to go to art today, or play soccer, whatever) talk about the weather (kind of cold, maybe you need a jacket), set out some clothes for her, so she was thinking ahead toward what she got to do after she got up. By the time she needed to get out of bed, she had put sleep behind her, without feeling like I was rushing her toward the start of the day. I kept her sister away from her, because she was chatty and cheerful, and usually made the bad mood a bit worse, without meaning to.

Once she was out of bed, I gave her some privacy and time to get herself together before I began to nudge her toward getting ready. It took a bit of time to get used to it, but now she gets herself up and starts to get ready each morning without the nudging. She is much happier all around.

Hope that helps!

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My 11 year old took a spell last year where he refused to get out of bed in the mornings. It was so bad! Turned out that he was being bullied by some of the older kids and just didn't want to go. After we figured out the problem, mornings weren't near as hard to deal with. Hope this helps! Geneva

Abby - posted on 10/05/2009

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While I am still getting myself ready I go in my daughter's room and open the curtains and leave her door open so she can slowly wake up on her own. If I wake her up she is very cranky and whinny. Is your son going to bed at a reasonable hour? Mine goes to bed at 8 and wakes up between 7am and 7:30 to be out of the house by 8.

Kat - posted on 10/05/2009

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Quoting Jonetta:

How do I wake my 5yr old up for school without him being cranky and mean towards his sisters?

my 5 yr old is extreamly mean in the morning. I will wake him up for school and he refuses to get up. once I finally get him up he becomes a tyrant towards his older sisters who try to help him get dressed in time to get to school. He punches screams throws things and last time squirted toothpaste on one of them. Is there anyway to wake him up in a better mood or calm him down immediatly in the morning? He is even starting to become mean towards me.


I have a 8 year old and a 5 year old and my 5 yr old is mean to brother that is 8 and dad...I usually put on some kind of noise whether it's the t.v{ or radio with the light off still}  to kinda get her to hear it's about time..about 10 mins before my 8 yr old gets up.. we have 2 bathrm's which is a blessing..Just make sure they do not cross each other's path.and if you keep 10min's between wakeup's then they really shouldn't until the car ride to school.Well then that's still hard to solve i still haven't solved that one..Good luck..Good to know i'm not the only one struggling with this issue...KATTT

Mary - posted on 10/05/2009

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My son was very difficult to wake up. Before Kindergarten started I bought an extra loud alarm clock. I refuse to turn it off which really annoys my nine yo daughter but I told him it was his responsibility. He took to it very well and knows that if he doesn't get up on time he has to go to bed that much earlier that night. He now asks to have it set on weekends for his soccer games and church. As far as clothes they are picked out by him and laid out the night before. Big sister is not allowed in his room in the mornings and I try to scatter their tooth brushing time because the bathroom seems to be the biggest issue.

Ebony - posted on 10/03/2009

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try putting him to bed earlier and waking him up earlier and with time to spare don't rush him. he is evedently not a morning person

NAOMI - posted on 10/03/2009

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WOW I THOUGHT MY SON WAS BAD U GOT DAT ONE MAYBE HE HAD BAD DREAM HUG AND KISS HIM GREET HIM IN MORNING. HE DA ONLY BOY? WHEN U WAKE HIM UP DA NEXT TIME ASK HIM DID HE SLEEP GOOD DID HE HAVE GOOD DREAM AND ASK HIM ABOUT HIS DREAM AND COMPARE AND C WAT HAPPEN KEEP ME POSTED TRY 4 WEEK

Mary - posted on 10/02/2009

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I have a six year old girl and a 3 year old boy. ,y daughter wakes up cranky in the morning. i tel her that if she gets up in a good mood and not wanting to fight with me or her brother she can have something out of the goody jar or gets to go ride her bike when she gets home, or even gets to play on the park. but also i make sure that they both get to bed early and get up at the same time in the morning. and i let them sleep in on the weekends.

Jonetta - posted on 10/02/2009

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thank u suzanne i have tried the slowly waking him up and keeping his sisters away but over all he is just mean in the mornings and when u try to cuddle him he rolls over and pushes u away. tickling wakes him up better but no matter what he is mean to his sisters and grouchy. even when it is his game days and he loves playing football but hates getting up. im almost to a point that i rather home school him and allow him to do evening activities but i dont think this is a remedy and more of a cop out....omg i need help with this child, the girls are so much easier i just turn the light on and they get up and do what they have to do and they are not evil n mean in the morning but they are tweens so im sure its coming.

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