You may rise with the sun without issues, but chances are, your teenager isn't quite the same type of morning person. If you struggle to get your teen moving in the morning, approach the situation with a different tactic. By helping her problem-solve and take responsibility for her daily schedule, you teach important lessons for self-sufficiency and independence -- both skills she'll need in the adult world.
1 Sit down with your adolescent to discuss the issues and difficulties he’s experiencing with getting up in the morning. Tell your teenager that you want him to assume responsibility for setting an alarm and getting up so he can leave the house at the required time, suggests pediatrician Parnell Donahue.
2 Warn your teen that you are removing yourself from this process so she knows that complete responsibility for getting up will now fall to her. Also advise your teen that any consequences of oversleeping will also fall on her shoulders, including alternate transportation to school if she misses the bus, for example.
3 Purchase or procure a suitable alarm clock for your teenager to enable him to assume personal responsibility for getting out of bed in the morning.
4 Encourage your teen to adjust her bedtime at night so that rising in the morning won’t be so difficult. Teenagers require about 9 1/4 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Help your teenager figure out what time she should go to sleep in the evening to get the required amount of sleep each night.
5 Make other adjustments to your teenager’s bedroom and lifestyle, as necessary. For example, you might remove electronics from his bedroom and have him check in his cellphone by a specific time each night to ensure that he doesn’t have distractions that cut into his sleep time. You could also open curtains or raise shades in the morning to allow natural light into his bedroom, which might help him awaken.
6 Step back and watch to see how your teen assumes the responsibility for rising himself. Resist the urge to interfere and provide assistance, because this will simply teach him that he doesn’t need to wake himself up because you will do it. Allow the natural consequences of oversleeping to occur a few times and your youngster is likely to learn that he needs to assume a more proactive role in getting up.
Items you will need
- Alarm clock
- Discuss circadian rhythms with your teen if she continues to struggle with rising in the morning, suggests social worker Margarita Tartakovsky, writing for Psych Central. While it’s common for adolescents to want to sleep later and rise later, it’s also possible to gradually shift these rhythms earlier with effort. Encourage her to keep trying to shift her sleep hours, while prioritizing sleep.
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