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to think my daughter's being selfish?

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mummythedoctor Sun 18-Aug-19 06:37:14

I told my daughters (14 & 11) to start getting up earlier to practice for school. I did not expect to be woken up by my older one at 5:45! The shower is the other side of the wall from my bedroom, and she said she had to shower in the morning when she goes back to school. I asked her why it had to be 5:45am, and why she couldn't use the other (much worse, to be fair) shower. She told me she had to dry/straighten her hair and do her makeup which apparently takes an hour and a half? I don't mind her wearing makeup, but I'm being woken up an hour earlier than I need to. I pointed this out to her and her response was "you don't need to sleep for that long (9 hours), and I don't see how it's fair that you get to use the nice shower and I don't". I suppose I can understand wanting to shower in the morning, but AIBU to think she's being selfish?

sittingonacornflake Sun 18-Aug-19 06:38:20

I'd be pleased they were getting up!

Partridgeamongstthepigeons Sun 18-Aug-19 06:39:18

YABU as you asked them to get up earlier in preparation.

sittingonacornflake Sun 18-Aug-19 06:39:31

I do jest.

I'd offer the option of showering at that ungodly hour in the worse shower or using her nice one an hour later or the night before.

sparklefarts Sun 18-Aug-19 06:41:08

You asked her to get up earlier

Topsecretidentity Sun 18-Aug-19 06:42:13

Yabu she's learning a vital skill of getting up with enough time to spare and you can't expect her to use the crappy shower at that ungodly time. Lesson learned though OP- if it's not broke don't fix it 🤣

HennyPennyHorror Sun 18-Aug-19 06:42:19

I'd make her shower the night before. My DD also showers early each morning and ties up our only bathroom.

PlatoAteMySnozcumber Sun 18-Aug-19 06:43:04

She might say you are being selfish expecting her to wash her hair in a less efficient shower so you can get 9 hours sleep. I couldn’t get too annoyed about this and would just be grateful she is up and getting ready! The reality is that she is unlikely to be this enthusiastic every morning and will no doubt let this thorough morning routine slide in due course.

Topsecretidentity Sun 18-Aug-19 06:43:29

Could you get her to shower in the night instead?

ElfridaEtAl Sun 18-Aug-19 06:44:33

What about the other shower is so bad? Could you make it the same standard as the nice one so she'll want to use it?

StarlightLady Sun 18-Aug-19 06:44:57

Why do they have to practice getting ready for school? I don’t practice getting ready for work on days off.

MeredithGrey1 Sun 18-Aug-19 06:46:27

What time did she get up for school before the summer holidays? Is this something you’re going to have to worry about for long - I mean, despite what she has in mind now, is she really going to get up at 5:45 every day for school?

ambereeree Sun 18-Aug-19 06:47:16

@StarlightLady because they're kids. I'll be doing the same OP. I was always late for school...

StellaBoo Sun 18-Aug-19 06:50:53

Fix the crappy shower hmm

Scarydinosaurs Sun 18-Aug-19 06:53:44

YABU about the shower.

An hour and a half to do her makeup for school is madness.

If she spent an hour and a half doing school work she’d be investing her time a lot more wisely 😬

Seriously though- I think an hour and a half is excessive. But having a shower isn’t the problem.

KatherineJaneway Sun 18-Aug-19 06:55:22

Fix the crappy shower

This ^^

YouJustDoYou Sun 18-Aug-19 06:57:46

Are you kidding? I can only hope mine are waking at 5.45am at that age. YABVU.

MarinaMarinara Sun 18-Aug-19 07:03:37

Sorry OP but I think that’s quite funny. Teenage me would have been very pissed off at being made to “practice” getting up and frankly, waking you up in the process (while technically doing exactly what you asked) is rather an excellently PA way to make the point. Kind of with your daughter on this one. Also wouldn’t have wanted to use the crap shower.

I also can’t quite get past the amount of sleep. 9 hours sleep?! So she only woke you up after you’d had 8 which is absolutely loads of sleep!

user1493413286 Sun 18-Aug-19 07:06:05

In fairness she is just doing what you asked her to do. But just tell her she has to use the other shower. Hour and half to get ready probably isn’t surprising at that age.

mummythedoctor Sun 18-Aug-19 07:06:49

@MeredithGrey1 she's always been an early riser, but it's only now she's started showering in the morning because apparently it's more hygienic.

LL83 Sun 18-Aug-19 07:07:27

I would be pleased that if she needs an hour for make up she is planning that in.

Shower the night before then just straightening hair in the morning might be solution.

Stuckforthefourthtime Sun 18-Aug-19 07:08:32

Is this a joke? Making teenagers practice getting up early to be ready for school while you enjoy a remarkable 9 hours of sleep?

Fix the crappy shower and/or let the poor kids sleep in a bit longer.

Boltoflightening Sun 18-Aug-19 07:11:31

Get the shower fixed up so she doesn’t wake you up.

I’m a very early riser myself, so none of this would bother me.

Carthage Sun 18-Aug-19 07:19:51

Don't shower the night before. You get all sweaty in bed. She's right, it is more hygienic. And eight hours sleep is plenty!

Lowlandlucky Sun 18-Aug-19 07:22:36

I would be more concerned about my 14 year old troweling on make before school

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