Jessica - posted on 03/04/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
Yeah, and he's not a teenager, or even a "tween." He's 5. And he refuses to get up in the mornings. He goes to bed at night around 8 or 8:30. Anything earlier is a battle that drags out usually past 10, so that's pretty pointless. I wake him up at 7. I turn on the light, give him his school clothes (uniform), and 15-20 minutes later he's still wrapped in the covers whining about how the light's too bright, he's cold, he's still tired, he doesn't want to go to school. Isn't this supposed to start at a later age? He has no choice in going to school, but he doesn't seem to grasp that no amount of arguing will change that. He's also very independent, which is why he dresses himself and brushes his own teeth in the morning. But we need to be out of the house by 7:30, and he just will not get out of bed. I have to go in there every 5 minutes, yell, threaten, sometimes spank, to get him to move even one bit. And that interrupts my getting ready, which only adds to us being late. I don't like starting my mornings with a fight, but I don't know how to fix it. Waking him up earlier doesn't help. If I let him watch cartoons he doesn't get dressed or anything either. He sleeps with music on so playing music in the morning won't help. I just don't know. Any suggestions?