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March 17, 2010 12:55 PM Subscribe
How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning?
posted by leahwrenn to human relations (32 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My 4 1/2 year old daughter has recently developed a habit of refusing to get out of bed and generally is uncooperative in the morning. A common complaint is that she is tired in the morning and doesn't want to get up. (Of course, on the weekend she's up bright-eyed and bushy tailed at the same time of day.)
Things which may be useful:
--She goes to bed between 7 and 7:30. Don't think we can really push it much earlier and have any hope of having her actually go to sleep.
--I start waking her up at about 7:10. We need to be leaving the house no later than 8:15, and closer to 8 would be easier. I don't get up until 7, but I could get up earlier if it would help. But I have tried giving her 20 minutes after I go in and turn on the lights and try to wake her up, and it seems to have no effect, except that it's 20 minutes later than it was.
--She's in daycare, but hasn't been willing to take a nap since she was about 2 1/2. I don' realistically think I can get her to nap.
--The really uncooperative behavior is fairly recent, say in the last month or so.
I've tried going in and putting music (rock) on a few minutes before starting to wake her up. I've tried jollying her along. I've tried giving her exciting options for clothes to try to get her to open her eyes (she usually just turns over and complains she's tired). I've tried to motivate her by making things a race (this often works at night). Mostly, things degenerate into everyone being angry and frustrated.
(It's possible that some of this is related to the change in light as we're approaching spring, but that's only going to get worse. I'm off to get blackout curtains later today to try to help with the going-to-bed issues.)