Do you lay down the law about texting time, or do you make them just get out of bed and do something productive?

Becky - posted on 04/27/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I'm a recent guardian to my niece, age 16. She's not a problem, we adore her. She on occasions like today, sleeps to 11 am, got up, and ate, did some homework and at 2 pm, she's back in bed, sound asleep. I know it's Saturday, most likely she was up till way after midnight texting. So do I make her get up, and just get her involved or do I lay down the law about texting past a certain hour? I'm not her real mom, I've raised three great kids but not in this age of social networking so I'm a bit in over my head. I know she can be depressed, it was a huge move for her but I just don't feel that crawling into bed for hours during the day is a way to curb the depression.


~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/27/2013




Not to defend her, but sleeping like that is pretty normal for teenagers. Their brains and bodies are going through so much, and if she is battling depression due to her circumstances, that can obviously contribute.

I totally understand that you want her to have time to freely communicate with her friends, especially during this time, but there is no reason you cannot set a time to turn off her phone at night by, or hand it in. A reasonable time. Also, this may encourage her to spend more quality time with you or her friends instead of being locked up in her room all day.

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