|Saving Mommy’s Morning Productivity|
A few months ago, my three-year-old sons started waking up at 5:30 in the morning. They would wake up, come in to our room, and look for me, wanting to play or eat breakfast.
I try to use early morning time to catch up on housework, spend some time alone, and eat a good breakfast before the day begins. Once my little ones started getting up early, that wasn’t happening any more.
I tried all sorts of things to get my kiddos to stay in bed longer. Sticker charts, incentives, reading books about staying in bed…I tried it all!
The thing that finally got them to stay in bed was this clock:
I can program the American Innovative Teach Me Time Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight to turn green at a certain time in the morning, which is a signal to my sons that they are free to get out of bed. My boys loved having a clock in their room, and they were totally on-board with waiting for the green light.
The boys still want up early in the morning, but when they see that their green lights aren’t on, they know they can go back to sleep. They get better rest, and feel more secure because they know when they are supposed to get out of bed. And, I know I can work in the mornings without having to worry about them being out of bed unsupervised.
What do you do to encourage your preschoolers to stay in bed until wakeup time?
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