Alex (6) has always been a morning person. His normal wake up time is anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30. On school mornings, he's good about getting up, going to the bathroom, and then playing in his room with his door closed until I get up at 7. Weekends, however, are another story. He gets up and goes to the bathroom and then every half hour is in our room with something. "Can I watch Netflix?" "I'm hungry" "There's a funny noise outside my window" "I think Carter has a bedbug bite" "Do I have school today?" "I really want to watch Netflix now." "Do you know where my Batman shirt is?" "Is today Valentine's Day?"
The rule is no TV before 7:30 - I know I can't stop him waking up that early, but I know that if he were allowed to start Netflix as soon as he got up, he'd wake earlier and earlier until he was up at 3 just so he could watch tv. He has an alarm clock that goes off at 7:30 so he knows at which point he's allowed to watch Netflix, but is in our room asking multiple times before then regardless (this morning he was told if he asked one more time before his alarm went off, he'd be cut off, and he asked THREE more times, then of course had a meltdown when I told him no Netflix at all today). He's capable of fixing himself something to eat (even if it's just grabbing an apple or some yogurt). So there is no reason that he NEEDS to come in and talk to us right then and there.
Any ideas or suggestions to help us get some much needed sleep?