preschooler-mom's need your advice!

@filchi (291)
Netherlands
January 31, 2007 1:51am CST
How can i make my 4 yrs old daughter to wake up on time in the morning so she wont be late in school? And in what ways would it work for her to eat her breakfast. I put her to bed early like 6:30 or 7 sometimes,but it takes hours like most of the time 9pm when she fall asleep.In the morning it is so hard to wake her up (even if sometimes she fall asleep early), it takes 30 minutes for me to keep waking her up, and when its time to eat her breakfast she doesnt want to eat? Need advice...
3 responses
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well I can suggest a few things to help. At night whatever time you want her to go to bed and sleep set up a routine before hand. Where she gets ready, maybe has a quiet time before hand. A time when she watches a movie or something else that is quiet and calm. Let her know about 20 or 30 minutes before hand how long she has till bed. I would suggest since she's not falling asleep till almost 9pm making her bedtime closer to 8pm instead of 7. Now you could if she has a tv or similar in her room have her go to bed at 7pm to watch a movie or something that she will fall asleep to. In the mornings whatever time you want her up by wake her up 30 minutes before hand. Let her know she can get up then or she can have 30 more minutes. Give her the choice. Doing that can really make a difference with kids. Letting them feel like they have some control. As for breakfast she might not be hungry when she first wakes up. I know many kids that way, including myself. I would get hungry around lunch time. Offer something light like toast that way if she's a little hungry she'll eat but won't feel like she's leaving a lot left over afterwards. Hope that helps.
@filchi (291)
• Netherlands
1 Feb 07
Thank you for finding my question here. Actually it is already a routine for her but then this past almost two weeks now, this happens. But the last ones i will try, it is a good suggestion about waking her up. I dont usually have her so much, either cereal or bread, thats what i gave her, but she doesnt really like to eat most of the time, and it worries me as she starts feeling sick and throw up then, this morning i have her a warm choco drink as she asked for it but after awhile she throw it up and even refuse to bring food as her snacks in school but of course, i still put it in her bag and told her in case she gets hungry.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I make sure that in the afternoon or at night, my toddler will have nothing that more or less have sugar on it...even juice coz usually it prevents her from sleeping early. Just like tonight...she had a mango juice and she is like a jumping bean. More or less, the routine helps and for now that she is not yet at school, I let her sleep as long as she wants so I can have a little me time in the morning.
@filchi (291)
• Netherlands
8 Feb 07
Yesss...i guess maybe because of the sugar. They love chocolates, like her father...ok will stop those before bedtime. Thanks a lot!
• United States
1 Feb 07
some kids are just really slow warmers in the morning, no matter what time they go to bed at night. My daughter was always like this when she was younger, and now that she's twelve, she's still the same way. It's hard for her to get motivated and moving in the morning, so I've had to start earlier with waking her up. IT's hard because that means you're getting up earlier too, but if you could wake her slowly, sort of like a zen alarm clock, where you take the thirty minutes to wake her up, but do things in ten minute intervals. Wake her--leave the light on, go start breakfast, come back in ten minutes and give her another gentle prompting--go get dressed, come back in five minutes and give the third general prompt with the promise that in five minutes it will be time to get up and get ready. Patience is so difficult when you've got to get up and get going in the morning, but it won't last forever. Before you know it, she won't want you to wake her up. She'll want to do it all by herself!!
@filchi (291)
• Netherlands
2 Feb 07
Thats a nice suggestion jennybeans, i will try that too.