At what age should kids be getting up on their own?

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Registered: 07-12-2004
At what age should kids be getting up on their own?
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 11:08am

I'm wondering what everyone thinks is an appropriate age for a child to wake up with an alarm clock as opposed to a parent going in and waking them up?

 

Does anyone have a child you can not wake up with an alarm clock? 

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Welcome to the board!! I answered your question over on the 10-14 board, but I am sure you will get some good input from others on this board as well.
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Both of my kids have trouble getting up. Ds is in his second year of college so I am no longer around to wake him, but he is doing fine academically so I figure it is a problem he has learned to control. I know I made him get up on his own in high school and by senior year he was pretty good. He needed to catch the bus at 6:40 AM and he was very good about never missing it so I can't complain. My daughter is gong into 8th grade and I started making her set an alarm last year. She wasn't very good about getting up - she would sleep right through it when I heard it in the other room. I am a little worried about her because on two occasions she has slept right through fire alarms. The first time I accidentally set it off and turned it off in less than 2 minutes, but still it was REALLY loud. The second time we were in a hotel and the alarm was going off for at least 5 minutes before we finally woke her up (we knew it was a false alarm, but we had to leave the room anyway). I don't know what advice to offer except to share my experience. FYI - my kids don't stay up late so that is not the issue.
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Registered: 07-24-1997

DS started last year at age 11 (sixth grade).  He's the least self-motivated of my kids, but he does well with routines, and he doesn't mind waking up.

I don't remember when the older ones started, but probably somewhere around the same age.  We still would have to check occasionally to be sure they were up - but anyone can oversleep from time to time.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
I have twins in 6th grade and a 9th grader, and am still waking them all up in the morning. I just think it's less stressful for me at this point to set my alarm to make sure that they are all catching the bus. I'm sure that by the time my youngest gets to these ages I'll be more likely to make him get an alarm clock!

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