Ok, I need some input from other moms. Here's the story:
My DD is a night owl by nature. She is not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. I, however, am a morning person. That's point of contention #1.
Point of contention #2 -- She's 12!
Her current bed time is 9:15, but then she can use her laptop/texting until 9:30. But because she's a night owl, she's full of energy and wants to hang out, play with me, dance around the living room, etc. at 9:30. It is very hard for her to settle down. We've tried everything, but her body clock is just that way. Fortunately, she's usually asleep by 10.
However, come morning (she has to be at school by 7:55), she is very difficult to wake up. She wants to get up on her own, but she never hears her alarm. But then she gets mad when we have to wake her up -- and she wants to take her sweet time getting ready. But God forbid we are late for school -- somehow it ends up being someone else's fault.
I know this is pretty normal 12-year-old stuff, but my childhood was far, far different and I don't how to relate to her sometimes. I am trying to find a balance between making sure she develops into a well-adjusted person and giving her room to be herself.
Any advice fellow Tween moms?
Wife to Ken
Mom to Mackenzie and Bob