So when she turned 6 we taught her how to set her own alarm, wake up to it quietly, and how to turn it off.
Teaching her to wake up to her own alarm helped her learn responsibility as I didn’t go and get her if she turned it off or slept through it and then natural consequences followed (being late, not having enough time to get her things done).
1. We explained how she was going to be responsible for waking herself up in the morning and we were going to teach her how to use an alarm clock.
2. We then showed her how to work the alarm clock, which buttons to push, how to set the time and volume, and how to tell if it was set by the lights on the front.
3. Then we had her practice a few times with us there, telling her “Now set it for 6:00am...Good! Now set it for 7:30am!” until she seemed to get the hang of it.
4. For a few mornings she needed a small friendly reminder as her alarm was going off but soon was was hopping out of bed on her own.
We had a brief few weeks where she would start to moan and yell when it went off, which woke up the other kids (which defeated the purpose entirely and just left us with a house of cranky kids WAY too early in the morning) so for about 2 weeks we had a reward system where if she was able to wake up without being noisy and get right to work, then she could have an Oreo in her sack lunch. That sure worked like a charm! After those two weeks I told her that her habits seemed to be set, so we would no longer be doing the Oreo, and she was ok with that too (since we’ve talked about how rewards like that are temporary until a habit is set).
I love that it has given her a sense of capability and I also love that I don’t have to worry about being yelled at that early in the morning for just trying to help!