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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

Jan 3, 2022

This week’s question is from Adrienne,

“My 10-year-old son is virtually impossible to wake up and get going in the mornings. He is struggling to get out of bed and can't seem to wake up easily no matter what we do. This turns into a big argument, struggle, and stress for me and my husband every day. My husband tries to threaten and punish, which I don't think is helpful, and then he and I get into an argument about it. I just want my son to do what he needs to do with getting up and going without all of the morning drama. I'm not sure if there's something physically wrong or another issue we need to look at, but I'm worried about what's going to happen to him in the future if he doesn't learn to wake up on his own.”                                         

In this episode, I will address how to get your groggy or resistant child going in the morning. Trying to get everyone out the door in the morning can be stressful, especially when you have a child that struggles to get up. It can cause a lot of problems not just for the child but also between parents and siblings. Sure, some people are just biological early birds but for others not so much. There could also be some other things going on that are interrupting sleep which would make it difficult for your child to wake up early. I’ll give you some tips on what to investigate to see if perhaps it’s a sleep issue. If you have a child who is groggy, resistant, or slow to start in the mornings, this is the episode to listen to for tips to get “up and at’em” without the struggle or drama! (Hint: these tips aren’t just for sleepy kids either!)

Episode Timestamps
Sleep Cycles & Morning Grogginess … 00:01:33
Parenting Approaches Between Parents … 00:04:14
Is Sleep Quality a Potential Root Cause? … 00:06:30
Evaluating Bedtime & Sleep Hygiene … 00:08:50
Nutrition, Supplements, Medication & Sleep … 00:10:12
Talk with Your Child About Their Observations … 00:14:25
Strategies  for Difficult Mornings … 00:17:42

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