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School Tardiness

If arriving to school late is a normal occurrence in your home, help your grade-schooler get up and out of bed on time with these tips:

  • If your child is in elementary school, she should get 10-11 hours of sleep at night. Getting to bed earlier may help her rise on time.
  • Ask your child if there’s a reason he doesn’t want to go to school. A bully, bad test score or embarrassing situation may be the reason he doesn’t want to get out of bed.
  • Offer a treat worth getting out of bed on time for! A favorite breakfast cereal or donut on the weekend may be just the incentive he needs to get up on time during the week.
  • Try a morning shower. Drag your child out of bed and have her take a shower to help her wake up.
  • Be firm every day. Explain that going to school is not a choice, it’s a must. Let your child choose what shoes she wants to wear but not what time she gets up.