How do you get your child to get up in the morning?

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter who will be starting school this year. She is such a heavy sleeper that it is impossible to wake her up in the morning before 8 am. Literally impossible. I can get her to roll out of bed, but she is not really conscious and wanders around for just a minute before laying back down wherever she ends up. It's like watching a zombie, which is kind of funny I guess. But still . . .

I have tried earlier bedtimes, but that hasn't changed anything. I am trying not to worry in hopes that she may change over the summer, but I can't help that little nagging feeling that it will cause undue morning stress once school begins.

It also worries me just a little because her heavy sleeping also makes night-time potty training impossible. She is completely oblivious to the world--and herself--while asleep. I hope that it's not too abnormal for five-year-olds to need training pants at night.

How do I get my cute little zombie prepared for school?

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Amanda - posted on 04/21/2010

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With my son, I get up and get ready, and then crawl in the bed with him. I hold him for a while, then start rubbing his hair and back and talking softly to him about anything (he's still mostly asleep, so he has no idea what's going on!). As he starts waking up more, I start to tickle him and talk about all the awesome things he's going to do that day. We started doing this around Halloween, and it's been working great. It gets us some snuggle time (which I don't get much from a 4 1/2 year old boy) and allows him to wake up slowly.
I hope this helps you. Good luck!

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Nicole - posted on 04/22/2010

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When she first starts school, you won't have a prob (i hope) because most kids are so excited. After a while you might have a prob, I usually tell them there's lots of exciting things to do at school. If that does not work, turn lights on, open blinds. wait five mins. go back in, give them a bit of a shake. if not work, an alarm is perfect. over and over again till they get up. I have a 7, 9 and 12 yr old. Isn't school fun. lol. hope this helps

Marjani - posted on 04/22/2010

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i have 4 children, 2 of them school age 6, 8. i homeschool and i have a schedule. in the morning,
step 1) i call their names and tell them it is time to get up. i tap them on their feet, or arms or head. i go about my business. wait about 5 minutes to see if they wake up.

step 2) call their names again, shake again, and i turn on the lights, pull back the blinds, take the covers off of them. wait 5 minutes.

step 3) if that doesn't work, i sit them up. and threaten to get the water.

last step 4) is water. not a sprinkle of water, but a cup poured on their head. do that once or twice, and i tend not to have to get to step 3.

Shari - posted on 04/22/2010

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I have 2 kids my son who is 8 and my daughter who is 7 and for the morning for them I go into their rooms and rub their backs and tell them it's time to get up softly and generally they do however, if they just refuse to get up (because lets face it their kids LOL) I will turn on their overhead lights and that gets them moving I don't do that one all the time only if they refuse to get up.

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