I'm a single mom, and for the last two years I have fought with my daugher about getting up in the morning and getting ready for school, and getting showered at night and ready for bed. I feel like I have to constantly get onto her and remind her of what she needs to be doing. FOR. TWO. YEARS.
What kind of issues? Well, she doesn't get up when her alarm goes off--she'll hit snooze two or three times. When she does get up, she spends 10-15 minutes sitting on the potty. After that, she's in her room for another 10-15 minutes getting dressed--even though she picked her clothes out the night before. Last year she missed the bus several times because she wasn't ready in time. This year, five days into the school year, I've been late to work for the same reason.
Bedtime is about the same. I'll ask her to get in the shower and for some reason, it takes her up to 30 minutes to get undressed and go potty before the shower ever gets turned on. Then it's a struggle to get teeth brushed and clothes picked out for the next day without having to be reminded over and over and over and over again.
She's not dingy, but it's like she spaces out and is in her own little world where time doesn't matter.
I feel like I've tried just about everything to help motivate and help her focus on what she needs to do. Chore charts. Lists. Different routines. Rewards. Bribes. Punishments. Groundings. Timers. Stopwatches. Etc. I'VE. TRIED. IT. ALL.
Any advice? Am I the only one dealing with this? I'm beyond frustrated and done with it all.
Baby steps will get you where you need to go. . .eventually...you just have to start out by taking the first step.
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