I am not a morning person. Rising early takes a ton of effort for me and it has to be something crazy exciting in order for me to get up out the bed early – or Uncle Sam. And even then, I am nothing before I have my coffee. We can have a whole conversation, but if there isnt an ample amount of coffee in my system, it didn’t happen.
Daniel, on the other hand, has inherited, from his father of course, the wondrous gene of morning-person-ism. He is typically very pleasant in the mornings, he always has been. Even as a baby and all those sleepless nights, he would just be up, staring at the ceiling, pulling at your hair but not making much noise. There are some mornings when he doesnt want to get up, and this is mostly attributed to his not wanting to go to bed at night. Which is fine, he will pay.
This mixture, however, has made us late, consistently. Because I know that he wakes pretty easily and quickly, I wait until the last minute to get out of the bed. I always do and this is something that I personally want to change. I need to be more disciplined with getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off and NOT snoozing my alarm.
After a few mornings of ya challenging each other to get out of the house in a timely manner, I found myself using some elevated language with Daniel. I told him that we were both responsible for getting up on time and that big boys use alarm clocks to get up in the morning.
That set off some switch for Daniel.
I bought him an alarm clock for his birthday – because it was from the Batman LEGO Movie and it was too cute not to get! Other than it being super adorable, it had no real purpose.
After hearing about what “big boys” do, he was thrilled to put his alarm clock in service!
IT WORKED! The next morning he got up when his alarm clock went off with no problem. And the next morning after that, and that next morning after that!
He taught me something! I’m all about the snooze button! I was so proud of him for getting up and heading right to the shower. Such a big boy!
This new found implementation happened just in time for Kindergarten and will definitely improve our overall performance and effectiveness.