Quick link: How to Wake a Sleeping Teenager on Vacation, in 16 Easy Steps

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Brain Child published my essay about sleeping teens Friday. Something has clearly changed since the infant/toddler years. Used to be these same people couldn’t stay in bed past 5:30 a.m. Used to be these same people woke up talking and ready to rumble.

Especially my son. Used to be that he would wake up his twin sister every single morning. Once, when they were about five, he ran into my room, yelling, in shock.

“Mommy, mommy!” he said. “Maggie knows how to wake herself up!” Apparently he hadn’t yet gotten around to waking her and lo and behold, she could do it all by herself. Miracle of miracles.

Now? I think he is making up for wasted years of sleep. Over Christmas vacation I wanted to let the kids sleep but also wanted to spend some time with them or send them off to their tutoring job on time. This required creativity as their body clocks seemed to have been set on ‘wake up never.’

Here’s the first few tips and they get progressively more, ahem, aggressive.

1. Pound on the door. I mean pound, full-fisted, make it rattle.

2. Shout, “Time to wake up. Time to wake up. Time to wake up.”

3. Add the loudest rooster crow you can muster.

4. (You are now in the room) Shake their shoulder and say, “Good morning.”

5. Yank the pillow out from under their head and say, less gently, “Good morning.”

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