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What does your child do on a morning?

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SadieSue29 · 08/06/2019 09:14


What do others children do on a morning? My 8 year old comes in super early to our bedroom, no matter how many times we tell him once he's awake he can go downstairs get a drink/cereal put the tv on. He feels affronted on the off chance we're up before him as he likes to come in for a cuddle on a morning.

New baby due later this year and really want to break this habit especially if I've had a long night with the baby and we're asleep when he wakes up.

Am I expecting too much of him?

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NoTheyAreNotTeenagers · 08/06/2019 09:30

Yes. DS (9) still comes to see us when he's up. Then he asks if he can watch tv. We live in a flat, all bedrooms off the living room so he would be literally the other side of our door. But he still wants to see us first when he wakes up. If DH is already up, then I get to sleep a bit longer Grin

blushmelikeyou · 08/06/2019 09:32

My oldest two (7&6) will go downstairs and watch tv quietly. My DD (3) waits in her bedroom until I go in or if she needs the toilet will use it then go back to bed lol.

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord · 08/06/2019 10:07

At 8 years old he definitely should be able to go downstairs get food and entertain himself.

He can still have a morning cuddle when you get up.

I think you may need to apply some tough love on this one.

BlueMerchant · 08/06/2019 10:11

My two DC 8&9 can't be awake and 'up' unless I am. It's frustrating if they are up at 7 and I fancy an extra half hour in bed.

Oblomov19 · 08/06/2019 10:24

Yes. You need to sit him down and explain that this is what you expect, and he's old enough to understand.

Hoviscats · 08/06/2019 10:26

My 8yo doesn't like to go downstairs until we are up BUT he has always been an early riser (5am) so for the last couple of years or so he has been expected to just play in his room quietly until one of us gets up. I started to be firm on this when we had his little brother who is now almost 3 and gets up at a much more reasonable time of 7am 😂

He tends to play Lego, listen to an audio book or read.

elliollie · 08/06/2019 11:33

What time is he coming in? My youngest is 8 and will take himself downstairs and watch TV/have cereal etc. but I don't mind if he comes in for a cuddle first. My oldest is 17 and I miss those days with him...

purplecatt · 08/06/2019 11:57

At 8 mine would've got up and gone for the tv. Probably made himself a drink or snack. But he loves the time to himself I think with no one telling him what to do and access to never ending cartoons Grin

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz · 08/06/2019 12:03

What time is early? Does he have a clock in his room?

On a weekend ours are allowed up at 7.30 (can play in their rooms before then), and dh or I get up within 10 mins of that. They are 7 and 4.

Allyg1185 · 08/06/2019 12:05

My ds ( 7 almost 8 ) gets up at 7am and will come in to says hes up. Then he goes downstairs and watches tv and sometimes gets some cereal. I'm usually up about half an hour after him. I like to come to myself first

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