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Up and at 'Em! 8 Tips for a Stress-Free Morning Routine

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Make it His Responsibility

If you pop into your child’s room every five minutes before pulling him out of bed, he’ll never get up on his own. By age 5 or 6, your little dreamer is old enough to get himself out of bed, says Seattle-area social worker and educator Sarina Natkin. Tell him he’s old enough for “big boy” mornings—once you wake him up, it’s his job to get ready for the day—and he’ll stop using you as the snooze button.