How to Get Teenagers Up in the Morning
If your morning routine includes a cup of coffee along with some urgent cajoling to get your teenager out of bed, you may be in search of a new and improved way to start the day in a timely fashion. Teenagers seem to be perpetually sleep-deprived, thanks to their need for more hours of sleep than most age groups. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation advises that teens need about 8 1/2 to 9 1/4 hours of sleep every night to function effectively 1. Get your teen moving in the morning with a minimum of resistance.
Talk to your child about her responsibility to get herself going in the morning, recommends Megan Devine, parental support line adviser with Empowering Parents 2. By removing yourself from the equation and insisting that your teenager accept responsibility for getting up without your help, you will train her to be self-sufficient in this area.
Provide your teenager with an alarm clock that has a suitable alarm that will rouse her from slumber. Encourage her to place her alarm clock in a spot in her room that will prevent her from hitting the snooze button by simply reaching out from bed. A spot across the room where she needs to get out of bed to silence the alarm would be effective.
Encourage your child to pay attention to the time she goes to sleep at night to make it easier for her to get up the next morning. While most teens probably won’t appreciate having a “bedtime” set for them, you can help her pay attention to sleep times and the amount of sleep she gets so she’s rested and ready to get up in the morning.
Open the blinds or curtains or raise the shade in the morning to allow natural light into the room.
Allow natural consequences to occur from oversleeping. A natural consequence is an outcome that happens without any intervention or action by you. Natural consequences can be an effective way to teach responsibility 3. An example of a natural consequence might be missing the school bus and being late for school. Whether you drive your child to school in this situation depends on your specific situation and whether your child can get herself to school apart from the bus and assistance from you, notes Devine. Even if you have to drive your teen to school, there are other natural consequences, such as suffering school discipline because of tardiness or having to make up missed schoolwork.
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