— Every weekend, my 5-year-old daughter comes and stands at the end of my bed at 6.30am so that I’ll get up and play with her. What can I do so that she’ll let me sleep in?
Caroline Khanafer, clinical psychologist
You need your sleep and that’s normal. The problem is that children are in the habit of getting up early; they don’t want to waste a moment of these school-free days so conducive to play. The night before, you could choose a game together to put beside her bed, so that when she wakes up she can play with it quietly. If letting you know that she’s awake is important to her, ask her to come and give you a kiss before starting to play. You could also explain that you need a quiet time in the morning to build up your energy. Not knowing how to play on one’s own is not a developmental problem or a lack of independence. It’s a question of nature. Try and make her understand that even if you are asleep, you are there, watching over her.