my 16 year old with pd gives me a hard time getting up in the morning

Kimberly - posted on 09/21/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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He's a 10th grader in highschool . Been having these problems off and on fir 4 years now. Last year he wanted to join rotc but had alot of struggles so this he decided to join which is great cuz he loves it but he's been getting up for me the last 3 weeks fine and now today and fri said he's tired . I thought rotc would be his motivation but idk. Any suggestions plzzz I work at 7 am so it's mentally exhausting to me plus my other son goes to highschool in 9th grade same school

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Sarah - posted on 09/21/2015

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What does he do over the weekends? Does he keep the same sleep schedule? I know socially that can be very hard but it will help Does he have a job on the weekends, maybe that is too much. Does he nap? I have a 16 yo daughter that plays high level volleyball, practice every day, pulse five honors courses. The physical demands plus the mental demands really wear her out. I have found that letting her nap, just a short one each evening after practice from 6-6:30 and a longer one on Sunday seems to help keep her in balance. She was turning into a walking zombie! Teens naturally don't fit into the schedule we put them in. Their circadian rhythm shifts to sleeping later and staying up later. There are actually evolutionary ties to this but lets just say research backs it up for now. So maybe napping may help?
Cutting out or at least way down on social activity over the weekend was her choice. She loves volleyball and she aspires to be at the top of her class so she'd rather sleep or do homework than go out Friday and Saturday. Mind you, that was her choice and she does go out now and then. She just seemed to get a feel for her body and know what she needs to do.

Kimberly - posted on 09/21/2015

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He's in the 10th grade he's a cadet just starting out his nutrition isn't a problem he eats very good he's 6ft and 218 lbs he's on the spectrum pdd/nos and executive functioning so his organization skills ext. He needs help with specially in school I've been struggling with this one and off him having a hard time getting up specially Mondays so I was asking anyone tht would have any suggestions for the mornings on wht to do in similar situations my son is a sweetheart he just needs supports to help him along

Sarah - posted on 09/21/2015

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Is he in Junior ROTC, because ROTC is a collegiate level program? Whats wrong with him being tired on Friday? By the end of the week my teens are always beat. If he can't get enough sleep or proper nutrition, then you need to find a way to help him fix that time management or dietary issue. I presume, if he is in an actual military form of ROTC he had to have DoDMERB clearance first?

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