September 10th, 2009

E on side

Life Lessons

In which Miss E discovers what we adults already know.

Miss E is finally taking charge of her mornings. She decided that to get to school on time this year, she should be awakened at 6:30. We did a dry run for a week before school started to reset when she falls asleep. Mixed results, as one would expect. The additional 30-45 minutes in the morning gives her more time to do things herself instead of my pushing her to get going. More time to eat, more time to get her head ready.

All along she thought she should get up at 6:00 AM for a 7:30 departure. Wiser heads prevailed. But yesterday she was really concerned and asked that I set her clock/radio/cd player alarm for 6:20 as a compromise. So I did.

At about 6:25 a very sleepy Miss E stumbled down the hall to where I was working.

"It's LOUD," she said. "I couldn't figure out where to turn it off and it was annoying me."

Welcome to the adult world.

I explained that it seemed loud (she had been playing it at the same volume last night to fall asleep). And I explained that yes, it's much gentler to have Mom wake you up, walk in and turn on the light. Today was not a successful morning because she hadn't really woken up on her own. She really wanted to pull the covers over herself and did just that more than once.

I think that we should go back to Mom waking her up initially and then the alarm goes off to warn her not to stay in bed. At least for a while. Independence is hard, but I'm proud of her for trying.

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