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Enter to Win a Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clock

Enter to win one of two Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clocks with Recordable Alarm & Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker — the tool you need to rouse even the heaviest, grouchiest sleeper without disturbing your whole household. A $69.99 value. And a godsend for any parent of a teen with ADHD.

A Daily Morning Battle

This is not the way anyone wants to start her day: Returning to your teen’s room half a dozen times — rousing, pestering, arguing, begging, punishing him until he angrily and slowly gets up and starts his routine. This daily fight is stressful, it hurts your relationship, and it’s not helping your teen build independent life skills. There must be a better way.

Enter the Sonic Glow Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker

This dual alarm clock has it all! Use it to help your child fall asleep to peaceful ambient sounds, and then find comfort in the soft glow of the dimmable nightlight. Help him wake up to your choice of three pre-recorded alarms, or have fun recording your own! The Sonic Glow alarm volume can be cranked up to 11 for especially deep sleepers, and this device includes the Sonic Bomb bed shaker, which will wake even the heaviest sleeper without disturbing the rest of the house.

The Sonic Glow has a USB charging station and an AUX connection to play music selected from your phone or MP3 player. It also comes in 4 fun styles: moon, soccer ball, baseball, and nightlight.

Enter to Win a Sonic Glow

To win one of two Sonic Glow Alarm Clocks with Sonic Bomb Bed Shaker (a $69.99 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: How do you encourage your teen with ADHD to take responsibility for his or her own schedule? What rules and tools work best for your family?

Deadline

Saturday, March 31, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select two winners at random and notify them via email on Monday, April 2.
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Updated on October 18, 2019

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  1. I struggle with trying to get my two teens to take responsibility for their own schedules. We have them both use alarm clocks that go off very early and very loudly. We have set a timer on the lights so they come on too. The one that can drive loses the keys to the car if he is not downstairs by a certain time. If the other one misses the middle school bus she has to pay “cab fare” for me to drive her.

  2. We encourage our son to take responsibility to follow a morning routine on school days which will then allow him to take his iPad to school for use on the bus and during community time. When not at school, he’ll often use the oven timer to help remind him when time is up when having to make any transitions. We also give him a choice of times to do his homework and he must stick to it or lose access to electronics if assignments aren’t completed or turned in the next day.

  3. We have our daughter use a shared google calendar. We also have her do her hw at the dining room table away from all electronic distractions. She has an a mister in her room to help her transition to sleep mode and also an echo dot for playing relaxing music to help her sleep. Even though we have some things in place it is still a struggle and something we need to work on every day with her. But these things in place do help her take ownership and help raise her self esteem we believe.

  4. I just knew as a Mom with ADHD I understood this challenge and being a late in life diagnosis, I could help my son with his ADHD early on by helping him establish consistent routines. I decided with certainty the first issue to tackle was responsibility waking up himself. Good right? Well, I promptly gave him a alarm clock, set it for the next morning and patted myself on the back for starting young with him. Well,the next morning I decided I was a little too early on something for once when he woke up, brought the alarm clock straight to me and in all seriousness says “Here, take this thing back, it keeps waking me UP!”. He handed me the alarm,turned around and marched right back to his bed to sleep. Fast forward 7 years. He’s about to start middle school and I have yet to replace the alarm clock. It is ridiculous how long he takes to wake up. Incindentally, I recently read a great ADDitude and the advice was something I’ll try. It’s quite simple, set the alarm clock for 1 hour prior to wake up time. Rouse just enough to get short acting meds ( if part of your routine) then go right back to sleep and in an hour the meds will have had a chance to peak, making mornings less frustrating. I’d be happy to begin again with a new alarm clock that is more help than just “waking me up”! It was sweet. Ever since I have tried to find an awesome tool! Thanks for reading!

  5. I have three children and my youngest (14) was fortunate enough to inherit his father’s ADHD. I almost feel bad for my little buddy mostly because be has to deal with me and my lack of anything resembling a schedule. I only have a couple of parenting secrets that I have followed religiously with all of my children.
    The first is to have a goal. Not a goal like something you think about but an articulated, written down and hanging next to my bed so I can see it every day goal. Mine is to facilitate the development of a healthy, happy, emotionally adjusted productive and educated adult who is self sufficient and independent.
    The second is unconditional love and I really mean unconditional. Screw up and I’ll let you know just before I tell you how much I love you and how a mistake does not define you or your worth.
    Third I expect the absolute best that you are capable of and I let them know how much I believe they are actually capable of which is limitless of course because I’m dad. If there is an issue with home work, chores, behavior etc. I ask if they think that they have tried their hardest and done there best. No one will criticize you quite like you can, the same goes for children. If the answer is yes than I express to them how proud I am and tell them that a grade, position on the team etc. Does not define who they are or what they are worth as a person. I don’t care if they get an A or a D the response is the same. It’s amazing how giving them responsibly not only for their work but also for evaluating there ability and performance motivates them to excell. I’ve had to celebrate a few Bs and one C and a whole lot of As.
    Fourth. I expect and demand respect without question or exceptions for myself, for them and for others. The one thing that will bring about my wrath without hesitation is to be treated, have my children treated or catch them treating others without respect and consideration.
    Everything else can be handled as it comes. Those are my rather simple but surprisingly effective constant principles
    Andrew Hannah
    Andrew.n.hannah@hotmail.com

  6. My husband and I adopted our sons at age five months and nineteen months old. In addition to ADHD our sunshade other mental health issues that are a challenge along with executive functioning and processing deficits. Getting out of bed in the morning was never an issue with our now 20 year old son however, our 18 year old high school senior – that’s a whole different ball of wax. We thought that both boys would benefit from military school – you know the structure, regimented days, free from the distractions of girls, etc. The older son did not make it to Thanksgiving break before getting kicked out. Our younger son struggled through to the end of the year without his brother. We misinterpreted his academic struggles to be attributed to his brother’s dismissal (instead it was feelings of abandonment causing the feeling of abandonment by birth parents to resurface…ughh!) so we found a different military school that’d an awesome curriculum called the “One Subject Plan” – one subject per 7 weeks. His grades soared – but continued to get demerits for sleeping late, late for formation, and messy room(Still feeling abandonment -this time Mom & Dad put him away at military school just like birth mom abandoned me…double ughhh!). During his winter it was obvious that the military school had not been the answer to our son’s scheduling/organizational problems. During this short period of time we tried a number of things to get him to the point where he would get up on his own, take his meds, and out the door to school. It was a rollercoaster – working for a week, then not for two weeks. So now after working with his resource teacher and guidance counselor(RT and GC) at school and our son (who has now been accepted to 3 colleges for Fall 2018) we all came up with a plan to help him recover the classes he missed during the first two marking periods of the school year as a result of the one subject plan; participate in the choir at school and at church; member of the track team; creates works of art and music; less waking up at 3am and more restful sleep; less grouchy; consistently wakes up on time and leaves the house on time to catch the bus ; and most importantly he’s exhibiting a more confident and happy demeanor. Here’s what we’ve done (“The Village”):
    RT/GC
    1) Our son took each of his teachers a draft recovery worksheet to complete – each teacher enter up to 5 assignments and worked with him to establish a realistic completion date.
    2)The RT/GC met with our son and planned out how the work would be completed – study times, stay after school, etc. Each teacher, our son, myself, and RT/GC received copies.
    3)To help organize I purchased two book bags of his choosing -he has 3 different classes each day – homeroom class is the same everyday. Book bags are organized each day when he comes home from school and the “red folder” is the only folder that changes from one bag to the next. Inside the “red folder” is a blue pocket folder. this contains all permission slips, school announcements and a small blank sticky note pad To Do List for jotting down quick reminders.
    4)Period checks with my son, teachers, etc are going well.

    Relaxation/Working On The Mind
    1)Medications – Zoloft and Vyvanse (ADHD)
    2)Weekly Psychotherapy
    3)Daily 15 minutes sitting with Mom – then Dad in total silence
    4)Cell phone not used while at home during the school week – no ear buds while in the car unless going on a long trip/vacation – lap top used for 2 hours in addition to if needed for homework
    5)Blow bubbles with Mom: Sit at table – each with their own bubbles – 1st 10 minutes each blowing bubbles in silence – next 10 minutes Mom coaches breathing/blowing bubbles – remaining time blow bubbles and talk about anything under the sun…lol
    6)He draws and writes and plays music
    7) Horseplay with Dad
    8)Shower before bedtime

    WatchMinder – Alarm Clocks
    1) Alarm Clock has dual alarms – 1st time is set for 30 minutes before he actually has to get up – 2nd alarm is set for 10 minutes before he has to get up
    2)Watch Minder set for 1st alarm with reminder to get up – 2nd reminder get up and knock on parent’s bedroom door
    3)Continue with morning routine for 30 minutes – watch minder reminder to knock again
    4)Take meds 10 minutes before leaving (watch minder)
    5)5 minutes before leaving – family prays together
    6) Review departure checklist and out the door
    7) Watchminder Daily reminders – 3x-Count to 10; 3xTake 10 deep breathes; 3x10positive things about self; say a short prayer
    8)Encourage exercise even after track practice
    This will all be put to the ultimate test when he goes to the college 5week Summer Academy – an orientation for 150 incoming freshmen that also grants 10 credit hours towards his graduation requirements. Be Inspired everyone.

  7. Wow! Reading through these is encouraging because I have ADHD and so do both of my children. Everyday is a struggle even with the proper medications. My 14 year old daughter is now just slowly starting to get herself going but at least she trying. Thanks to the help of our therapist who laid it out for her plainly. My 9 year old son is on top of things but he has a behavior reward chart at school that gives him that extra push he needs to keep himself grounded. I also diffuse and apply essential oils. My biggest frustration is that we can’t seem to find a groove. One day a system will work and then next it falls apart. Being flexible has become my go to ADHD mom life. And being a military family that moves every 3 years doesn’t always help but it has taught the kids to go with the flow (sometimes)! I’m thankful for the encouragement and help CHADD offers!!

  8. My oldest son is a HUGE helper, he helps around the house, helps keep brother and mom on track and is usually an all around people pleaser, but, he has trouble focusing on his own responsibilities. I encourage him to take responsibility by making sure to point out the helpful things he does, and all the EXTRA that he does, and then remind him that he needs to focus on himself before jumping to those extras. I tell him this is something he has to tell his brain to do, because as the oldest his natural inclination is to take control, help, etc. I explain to him, that by forgetting his responsibilities I am unable to focus on the extra because his regular stuff gets left undone. I encourage him to write himself notes, color-code if necessary and place in areas he will likely see first, such as the bathroom mirror. And then I make sure to praise him for remembering to handle his specific responsibilities before jumping in to take care of us. For weekend chores, I write very specific, broken down lists, example: Kitchen- 1. Wipe Counter, 2. Unload/Load Dishwasher, 3. Take out Trash… I then write next to each task an amount of minutes they can earn towards game time with each task. This works extremely well with both kids, they have to complete each item satisfactorily before being allowed to cross the task off the list, and bank the time. My boys are 14 and 11 and this system works wonders! No more arguing over tasks, no more micromanaging because they wont complete the tasks to moms satisfaction, etc. and it serves as a tangible reward even though they’ve both kind of outgrown the old sticker chart reward system. They understand, you do not get rewarded monetarily for regular responsibilities in our home, everyone has to pull their own weight, but with limited screen time already, mom doesn’t mind allowing an extra hour or two on the weekend if we can get through our chore list with less fuss and fight

  9. We start preparing for the day the night before. Before my teen goes for her shower, we make sure she has her bag packed and clothes ready for the morning. She also needs to go off her devices at least two hours before her bed time. We encourage her to eat her dinner early and try to make it as light as possible. She sleeps well after this. In the morning, her incentive to wake up is her device which she can use only if she is ready by a certain time. She is allowed to take her device to school only on Fridays as she has a history of being seriously distracted by her device during classes. After coming home she has free time till 5, after which she gets her device for fifteen minutes at two hour intervals. She is happy following this routine as she realizes that it helps her stay focussed on studies.

  10. It has been a frustrating road, but with continuous reminders and gently giving my son more space to get up on his own, he is making great progress. We started with 2 alarms and putting the alarm across the room so he would have to get out of bed. I also, had to let him over sleep on his own a few times to understand the consequences of being late or scrambling to get ready due to lack of time. He now uses his iPhone a lot to set reminders of tasks, alarms, and the calendar. The problem with relying on his iPhone is the battery. He uses his phone so much the battery is often dead and needing recharged. Going back to an alarm clock would be a great tool!

  11. To encourage my teen, we have a student planner and she has scheduled her tasks in it. We are working on visual schedules to help her remain on task. Independence is certainly hard to come by. Our alarm is set on the most annoying sound possible and she doesn’t budge. It isn’t loud enough for my other daughter to hear it. This alarm sounds miraculous.

  12. For my 16 year old I developed firm consequences for him not being up and ready by a certain time, especially with him driving himself to school in the very near future. One consequence that is extremely effective right now is that every day that he is not up and out of bed by a certain time adds a day to when he can go and get his driver’s license. So if he is late getting up 3 days this week for example, that is 3 more days until he can go get his license. My main advice is to put together some firm consequences and stick to it no matter how exhausting or inconvenient it is for you.

  13. An alarm clock and an echo dot are used for the mornings, but during homework time a whiteboard with schedule layed out and specific time allotments (with an alarm) per task work best. Otherwise there are too many distractions and minutes/hours pass by without even noticing.

  14. With my son,14 we have tried using an alarm clock of his own. He falls back asleep unless Mom or Dad are in his room bugging him. Are insentive for him now is drivers Ed. He has to get up early to go so if he can show us he can get up now he will be able to do drivers ed. Hopefully this works. For staying on task he is big on using a planner to keep track of when things are due.

  15. I don’t have a teen yet, it my 10 year old is a deep sleeper and doesn’t get up to his alarm. I have to go in, gently shake him, and talk to him until he gets up. This would be perfect for him!

  16. We tell our teens that it is their life. If they mess up, it isn’t punishing us, it’s hurting them. They know and we remind them what needs to be done before they can move on to extras/fun activities.

  17. We aren’t there yet. Mornings with our 9 year old are still centered on one-on-one monitoring, despite having the same routine and expectations since kindergarten. Getting her out of bed is definitely the hardest part of our morning and the regular alarm clock on its own isn’t cutting it.

  18. I let my niece experience the natural consequences of her actions. For example, if she forgets to take an assignment to school that is due, then she has to deal with what happens. A phone call home begging me to drop off the assignment falls upon deaf ears. I will offer to help her come up with a system or method so that she doesn’t forget an assignment again. This approach has resulted in her taking more responsibility. I can establish a system or organize things until the cows come home with little or no effect. However, when A is involved or in control of the process, she is more invested in making it work.

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