Even new-fangled technology can’t work without cooperation from the user.
Our fifteen-year-old is a go-getter. Mighty, indeed. These past few weeks we’ve had trouble waking her in the mornings. Usually she’s up before the rest of us and already reminding us of her (and thus our) morning plans.
Today, we decided to get to the root of it. Why wasn’t she waking? Was she depressed? She did after all just break her foot, calling off the remainder of her beloved swim season. Was she going to bed too late? No way. She’s a carpe sleepem, carpe diem kind of kid. Was there something wrong with her alarm?
She informed us that she set the alarm on her phone and on her clock, but she still wasn’t getting up. Something was wrong with both of them.
She set two alarms, and both were failing? Why? Did she not hear them? Yes, she heard them. But she set them both an HOUR before she needed to get up to fulfill some fantasy that she MAY choose to get up that early sometimes, but not all the time. But of course, she actually chooses to get up that early none of the time.
So she turns off her clock and then turns off her phone and, oddly (cough) falls back asleep.
We tried to explain that the purpose of an alarm is to get you up and going. Not to wake you so you can decide if you’re going to get going or not. Because chances are on a chilly fall morning without anything really pressing, you’re not.
It wasn’t the system failing her. It was lack of commitment to the system.
Later in the morning, she texted us a photo saying, “I need to use this.”
My husband responded with, “No, you just need to use this.”