— 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?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

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.

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