How do you wake up your kids in the morning?...

@aseretdd (13735)
Philippines
September 29, 2008 9:47pm CST
Like for school... or if you have an early morning appointment... Well, this has been my problem for the past few days... my 2 year old has been sleeping late at night... i don't understand where she gets the energy... after watching DVD... she would still want to play with her toys until like 11 pm... and the following day... it would be very difficult to wake her up... Before... i would just turn on the tv... and let the Cartoon Channel or Barney program wake her up... but it's getting more and more difficult... yesterday she finally woke up at 10 am... and today at 9:30 am... good thing i have flexible time in the office or else i could have been fired... Do you have the same problem?... how do you deal with it?...
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I really never have this problem. Three of my four children are all early risers. They are up before I am 99% of the time. They are sitting there watching television when I go to wake them up. Most of the time my 10 year old daughter is already dressed and ready to go. My 17 year old son is the one I have problems with. He sleeps through the alarm if he has not had enough sleep. I sometimes have to drive him to school when he misses the bus! But the little ones don't care too much about playing with toys, etc. They know they will be there for them when they get home from school. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
You are lucky to have such responsible kids... i hope when my daughter is older she won't be like me... since i am not an early riser too... just like you 17 year old son... some people are just like that... Thanks for the response...
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 08
Hello aseretdd, My son needs to wake up as early as 6.50 in the morning. I pity him but I have no choice. My husband and I go to work together and before starting our journey, we need to send him first to the babysitter's house. He is very heavy (weighs 30 kg at the age of two) and none of us can really carry him to the car if he is still sleeping. Before this, he slept quite early like 9p.m. but lately, he starts to sleep an hour late. I always make sure that I wake him up at the same time every morning (exactly at 6.50 a.m.) and during weekends, he sleeps longer than usual. He normally will cry a bit and then, he will stand up and brings his pillow to the living hall and lie down on the sofa, drinking his milk. Once we need to go out, he will just put on his shoes and hold on tight to his Daddy.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
Oh my... that is quite early to wake up your baby... but i guess when he goes to school... you won't have a problem waking him up since he is already used to it... i usully wake up my daughter around 8:30 am... but if she did not sleep early the previous night... i let her sleep until 9 am... good thing i don't need to worry about getting to work on time... Thanks for the response...
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@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 08
Hello aseretdd, As a mother, I feel so sad looking at him, trying to get up that early but I have no choice. Good thing is that, he only has difficulty to start the day on Monday as it is the first working day of the week. After that, he will be alright. Whenever I am not working, I will make sure I don't wake him up until he gets up himself. Normally if he is really tired, he will wake up at 9a.m. but most of the weekends, he will wake up at 7.30 a.m.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
When my daughter turns 3... i plan to wake her a little early... to train her because she will be going to school the following year... and it wouldn't be nice if she will be late everyday... so i think your son already has a head start...
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@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
as we all know, kids are very hyperactive, seems like they never get tired. when my kids are still toddlers during night time i lay beside them, we watch tv for atleast 15-30 minutes, after watching i would tell them to sleep and rest, and i'll just read a book while we're all in the bed. Since the surrounding would be quiet, and they know that im beside them, in just a few minutes, i would notice that they're already sleeping.
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
21 Oct 08
That is nice... in my case... i have to tell my daughter that i am getting angry... sometimes she would just laugh at me and pretend that she is angry herself... and sometimes... she would hide her eyes... and fall asleep in the process... Thanks for the response... and welcome to mylot... i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...
@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
yeah, i do... thanks a lot my mylotter friend ;)
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
You are very welcome...
@SViswan (12065)
• India
6 Oct 08
My older one WAS very good about his bedtime and get up time. But when there were days when he was late, I would just pick him up and take him to the bathroom to brush his teeth. Just matter of fact. Thankfully, he enver threw a tantrum. Now, he's a little older, he doesn't go to bed on time and ends up unable to get up in the morning. I use the same technique after telling him it's time to get up (around 5 times). My little one is different and the maximum I can sleep till is 8 am in the morning or else we'll miss the school bus. If he's up before that...well and good...or else I pick him up and let him cry it out a bit and just go ahead and do what needs to be done. I don't have flexible timings and can't afford to be late.
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@SViswan (12065)
• India
6 Oct 08
Earlier, my older one would be up with me at 5 am and he would help me out with the morning chores before he left for school. When I was pregnant with my second, he would get up at 5 am...go for yoga at a neighbour's and then come back and wake me up and switch on the water heater. I can't understand how that little boy has now changed to not being able to get up at 7 and sometimes even 7.30 am (he has to be out the door at 8 am).
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
My baby has been sleeping a little earlier than the usual 11 pm at night... so it is getting easier to wake her up in the morning... i guess that is because she is feeling a lot well... she had fever for days... and cough for more than a week now... the doctor said it was viral infection... Children do have that capacity to change their habit... and your son is no exemption... so at times like this... we really need to be strict with bedtime... Thanks for the response... and sorry for the late reply...
@cher913 (25862)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
both my daughters are older (11 & 15) but that doesnt mean that it is easier waking them up in the morning. first, i make sure they have adequate sleep (even if it does mean they go to bed before their friends do) and second, they both have cd alarm clocks to wake up to that are set fairly loud.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I experienced flying while it is raining... and it was quite a bumpy ride... but as soon as the plane was away from the storm clouds... everything was fine... i don't think your flight will leave if the weather is not very good... but if it does... just prepare yourself from all that turbulance...
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I am sorry about the first comment... made a mistake... since i have a lot of mylot windows open... Having adequate sleep is really the key to my problem... and my daughter is not having that because she sleeps around 11 pm at night... i really wonder where she gets all that energy... but good thing you have a nice method of making your kids wake up early in the morning... Thanks for the response...
@riyasam (16567)
• India
1 Oct 08
oh,for me it is an everyday problem.my daughter aged 5 has morning school.she has to be up by 5.30.sometimes i take a wet cloth and wipe her face.but anyway she gets cranky.i see to it that she sleeps early i.e,at 10.00.she also sleeps in afternoons.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I hate it when my daughter wake up cranky... because that would mean she will cry on the way to her grandparents' house... but 5:30 am is indeed a very early time to wake up... i sometimes wish that school doesn't start too early in the morning... Thanks for the response...
@seeths (413)
1 Oct 08
Well the good thing about my son is that he wakes up when I wake up and that is something about him I like.Sometimes I dont mind but then sometimes when I feel that I have loads of wok and that is the time he gets me in to trouble but then its okay I feel as I am used to it. Regards
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I hope that will be that case with me and my daughter in the future... but with her current sleeping habit... i would have to be very creative in waking her in the morning... and right now... i am running out of ideas... Thanks for the response...
@laglen (19778)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I set a bed time and stick to it. Every now and then she pulls the "I can't sleep". Then she just gets shooed back to bed. I wake her up by saying wake up sweetie. I always do it nicely.
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I certainly would like to stick to a bed time... but my daughter and i just end up going back to the living room since she just can't sleep and prefers to play... i think i can be more strict with bed time when she is old enough... right now... she just needs to exhaust all her energy... Thanks for the response...
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
i don't have kids yet at the moment... but my hubby is working in the morning as well and sometimes it is really really hard to wake him up... especially during winter when the weather is really cold... he prefers to snuggle inside the warm quilt and i have to shout at him telling him that we are going to be late for work if he doesn't get up straight away... that's why i always make sure that we both go to bed early at night to minimise this problem... take care and have a nice day...
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I know what that feels like... i myself do not want to get up from bed when the weather is cold...even if i went to bed early... just like now... i would rather just stay in bed and sleep all day... but then... that is not possible since i have to go to work... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
That is my problem, waking my kids up in the morning. They must have to be early so that they will not be late for school but the problmem is.. they wake up late and they are very slow in preparing like taking a bath, eating breakfast, etc. I end up always having high pitch everyday calling them to wake up becaue it's time to go. I don't know how to solve that problem either because it has been my problem since they started schooling.
@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
What time does your children sleep at night... my problem stemmed form the fact that my daughter sleeps around 11 pm at night... and if she would only sleep early... like 8 pm... waking her up in the morning wouldn't be a problem at all... Thanks for the response...
@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Moe often than not, my oldest son wakes uo on his own then wakes up the other kids. In those times he does not, I will go to their rooms and sing what we call, "the wake-up song" to them to get them out of bed with a smile on their faces. My Mom started the song when I was younger and I just carried it over to my kids.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Your oldest son must be a very responsible person... to be able to wake up in the morning... and wake the others up... i hope i also have a wake up song... but i am afraid i do not have a good voice for any simple song... Thanks for the response...
@eihdra (3116)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
My eldest is 9 years old. He goes to a tutoring class at 9am and school at 11:30..He was hard to wake up at first but then after a few days got on the schedule.. I usually tap him and call his name in a whisper because my baby might be awakened by the sound of my voice.And if he doesn't budge, I'll kick him...kidding... If he doesnt wake up once, I'll do it over and over again, til he opens his eyes and sit up..
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
At nine years old... that is the best we can do... but with my daughter... forcing her to wake up would mean a lot of crying and shouting... and even kicking... so i try to lay in bed with her... and gently nudge her... or give her lots of kisses... sometimes that works... but sometimes not... Thanks for the response...
@julyteen (13257)
• Davao, Philippines
30 Sep 08
i don't have children yet but based on my previous experience my mom wake me up by hugging me, and get me up from the bed. don't have choice because she brought me outside my room and talk to me if i will play with my cousins who sometimes wait me outside our gate. it works for me.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
That is a very good strategy... before... asking my daughter what she want to watch is enough... but nowadays... it is really getting very difficult to get her away from the bed every morning... Thanks for the response...
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
30 Sep 08
My daughter is 20 months old. She pretty much wakes herself up around 7 am. My son is 8 years old. I have to wake him up for school every morning. I just go in and tell him that it is time to get up. He rolls back over and tries to go back to sleep, but I just remind him that if he does not get up he will miss the bus and he gets up.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
When my daughter was that age... she is the one who wakes me up in the morning... but nowadays... she has this habit of sleeping late at night... and that would make it very difficult for me to wake her up in the morning... i just hope this attitude will change soon... Thanks for the response...
@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
30 Sep 08
[i]Hi aseretdd, I heard the same situation with my friends and one time a friend of mine has to transfer her daughter to afternoon session of K-1 classes because of the said problem...She told me this year since the kid is k-2 now, she makes her understand that no more tv after 8 pm, it was hard at first but in the long run, her daughter was used to it and have all the freedom to watch Tv during weekend of after her class![/i]
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Oh my... i think if this problem persist... i will be compelled to enroll my daughter to afternoon classes during her first year in school... and then after a year... i will surely be firm on making her sleep early at night... and i think 8 pm is a good time... Thanks for the response...
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
30 Sep 08
Hi, Your little baby is just a 2-year-old. My son had a habit of waking up at 5am for his first milk, and then he would go back to sleep. He would again wake up at 8am. You could try waking her up gently and then picking her up and letting her nap on your shoulders for a while and then slowly move towards the bathroom. Once her face is wiped gently, she will be fully awake. This is just a suggestion. I used to do this when my son was 3 years old and had to go to play-school. At the same time, don't worry, everything will fall in place as she grows.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
My daughter can be very stubborn when it comes to waking up in the morning... today... she told me she doesn't want to get up yet... so i gave her 15 more minutes... and after that i kissed her and patted her gently... good thing i reminded her of the Jollibee shirt that she would were the whole day... Thanks for the response... and i will surely try your advise maybe tomorrow morning...
• United States
30 Sep 08
My daughter never likes waking up for school. So, we've started a game of waking up. If everything is done in time (get up, get dressed, breakfast eaten, get into the car), and if I get a good report from her teacher, she gets a small and inexpensive prize. Since she has ADHD/ADD, I get a call from her teacher every afternoon to let me know how everything went. So, if she does extremely well, she gets that prize. There are days when she won't even worry about the prize... she wants to put a sticker on her Good Behavior chart :)
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
That is very nice... and beautiful way to make you daughter behave at home and in school... my daughter doesn't go to school yet... but i will keep your method in mind... i know how difficult it is to wake up early in the morning... because that is one thing that i really hate... Thanks for the response...