Need help dealing with morning and bedtime routines
I would like advice on dealing with my 7 year old’s difficulty with morning and bedtime routines. I try to give her 11 hours of sleep but in the morning, I still have to wake her and she’s irritable, defiant (the talking back and rude comments have escalated over the summer) and/or excruciatingly slow about doing stuff. Same thing for the evening routines but it’s harder as I’m tired at the end of the workday and feel the urgency of getting her into bed to get enough zzs. I start out being patient, empathetic, and able to use humor but then it gets to really be time to move on and I lose my temper. I try behavioral reward charts but she is not consistently motivated even though she picks the rewards. The latest thing I’ve tried is removing all of her books from the bedroom so she can’t stay up late reading. I feel locked into an unsuccessful cycle and frustrated that she is not doing tasks that she used to do with a smile earlier this year. Do other parents struggle with these issues? Any recommendations would be appreciated!