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What is your best tip for waking up your children with smiles on their faces?

Posted by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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5 Creative & Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Out of Bed Without Complaints

by Deborah Cruz

kid & bulldog sleepingSummer is almost over and mornings of sleeping in until 8 or 9 a.m. are gone and 6 a.m. comes really soon after bedtime.  After having the bedtime embargo lifted for 3 months, these early mornings are brutal on little people. Figuring out how to get my girls out of bed with smiles on their faces versus the Oscar the Grouch face we’ve been seeing has been a work in progress.

After consulting with my girls and some exhaustive trial and error, we’ve come up with a few great ideas on how to get children up in the morning without tears or arguments (for you and them). They may even be excited about it!

And Best (fastest) dressed goes to… Set a timer and whoever gets themselves ready firsrt wins. That means teeth brushed, clothes on, and hair brushed the quickest ... oh, and looks presentable ... gets a small prize they get to pick after school or a special activity we’ll do together. My girls like playing Clue and Rock band.

The Good Morning Song. Since the girls were babies I have sung this little ditty that I made up on the fly. It goes a little something like this…Good Morning, Good Morning; It’s great to be alive, Good morning, good morning to you. Good morning (your kids name), It’s great to be your mommy. Good morning, Good Morning I love you! (Sang to the tune of Singing in the Rain, only minus the rain and add little kids.) My girls wake up with smiles whenever I sing this.

Wake up with a dance party or tickle monster attack. If the good morning song doesn’t work, which is seldom, bust out with the boom box and pull those little kids out of bed and straight into a dance party. I have started setting their alarm clocks to our favorite radio station. We grab our flashlights ( because you never turn bright overhead lights onto a sleeping child unless you want to instantly transform them to the beforementioned Oscar the Grouch) and dance around the room like crazy people for 3 minutes. Be careful parents, the kids love it but you could break your grove thing. I have.

Send the dog in to lick the kids face. My girls love our dog so on Thursday mornings ( kids’ Monday for those of you who haven’t learned this yet) I sent Lola in. It’s sort of like when the bomb squad sends in the robot to diffuse the situation so they don’t get blown to bits. Same thing and they cannot resist dog slobber. It makes them happy.

kids & bulldog

First one up and ready gets to choose which cartoon to watch before school. My girls seldom get any kind of television in the mornings, so if we are having a particularly sluggish morning I am not above using 10 minutes of Lazy Town as an incentive. Reward system works people.

Throw robes in dryer to lure cold, sleepy kids out of bed. My little one particularly hates mornings and especially once it gets cold out. She will make 100 excuses as to why she has to stay in bed under the covers. It usually has something to do with freezing so on cold mornings, so I run their robes down to the dryer and bring them up hot. I tell them if they wait to get up the robes will get cold again and warm, cozy robes is a one shot deal. I don’t do re-warm ups.

Get up with a smile all week and the weekend will be awesome! I usually offer that they can sleep in on the weekend as late as they like or watch Netflix for 30 minutes before bed on Saturday nights or get a 9 p.m. bedtime Saturday night which is two hours later than their week night bedtime (never on Friday though, overtired kids are a bear on Friday nights).

Bottom line is that kids need their sleep and so do you. So a really great idea to get your kids to wake up happy is to simply make sure they get enough sleep; early to bed, early to rise.  But these tricks will definitely help get some happy back into your morning wake up routine.

What is your best tip for waking up your children with smiles on their faces?

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

 I go in there and kiss her on her cheek and tell her good morning my princess and she looks up and smiles. Then jumps up and gives me a hug.

by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I sign our good morning song, and sniff him all over his face, and neck like a puppy would do. Lol he loves it and wakes up smiling and says morning momma! :)
by Courtney on Sep. 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM
My kids are responsible for setting their own alarms and getting up on their own. I don't see them until they come downstairs for breakfast.
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Cute ideas! My little one wakes up and crawls all over me in the morning.

by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 10:58 PM
When I was in school my mom would wake me up by sending in our cat Hunter who would bite sometimes, then give me a banana shake. It worked really well, because I'd be laying there trying to keep Hunter from biting then I'd be getting out of bed and she would have the shake ready.
by Bronze Member on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM
My dd gets up on her own but if we wake her it is either annoying wake up song by dh, confetti canon, or fog horn.
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Those are cute ideas :) I think I would have smacked someone who tried to wake me with tickles, though. Haha.. I am a terrible morning person. A warm robe and coffee would work now lol... Rubbing my back and telling me something to get excited about (like a special game, or something I was looking forward to that day) would have worked as a kid :)
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by Nikki on Sep. 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Cute. Mine are really good waking up.

by Kali on Sep. 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I sing them my good morning song. It usually makes them smile. :)
by on Sep. 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

 I come running the room and yell BACON really loud, my now 11 yr old would jump out of bed and go straight to the kitchen. lol

My now 5 yr old  has always been up before me anyways. lol

They are well 5 and 11 and get up on their own to get ready for school.  So I dont have to wake them anymore. lol

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