Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time to Wake Up!

So here I sit, wondering if my stepdaughter will catch the bus this morning. As I wonder every morning. It's soooooooo hard to get her up and dressed and out the door on time. Granted - she's never missed the bus thus far this school year - but it seems only a matter of time. One can only push the envelope so far it seems to me. What I want to know is - what do you do about it? I tell her constantly every 10 minutes to get up and get dressed. Does that help? Apparently not, because she always waits until the last minute to get dressed. What can I do? I know my blood pressure is up. Maybe I should just let her miss the bus and have to stay home all day. But then she'd be home with me. That would be MY punishment, not hers. Maybe I would just have to suck it up for one day and really punish her good and work her butt off at home. I just really don't know what to do. I wish she would just get ready ON TIME, instead on testing fate every morning. Here again, she is still getting dressed when she should already be out the door. I just want to scream!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, she's out the door, but I just hold my breath to wait and see if she walks back in because she missed the bus. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!! What should I do???? What CAN I do???? Does anyone else have this problem? What advice can you give me?


  1. I'm not a mom, but I feel your pain. I watch my bff go through it with her kids every morning. They don't take the bus; they get driven to school. They're also in elementary school, so it's not getting them up that's the problem, but getting them to stop playing and get ready for school. She's threatened to just let them be late and suffer the consequences.... She's threatened to make them walk (just under a mile) to school. The most effective punishment has been loss of privileges: no video games, no TV, no after school play group.

  2. What is the school policy for being late? If they have a goo one, an she doesn't seem to happy to have to o whatever it is, let her be late an suffer their consequences.

    If not, start a points system where she loses so much each time you have to remind her, When so many are lost, she loses something, or some privilege, that she holds ear . . then has to earn it back.

    You might even try to have her get up with her own alarm an suffer the consequences if she d oesn't get up.

    Whatever it is, you have to find somethig that is very important t her to use as your bartering tool. . and the worst part is when you have to take it away, but stand your ground, it will be a LOT harder on you, but in the end, it will pay off for hr..

    Good Luk,
    \0/ opaula