"Talk to your son."
When your husband utters these words, you know nothing good will come of it. I looked in his bedroom and found the Teen lying in bed half awake, still wearing the sweatpants and tee he'd had on the night before.
"Where are your pyjamas?" I asked. His response? "This was just easier. Now I'm already dressed."
Yeah. Thankfully this was a weekend. But it is pretty indicative of how a teen brain works. Especially in the morning, working it as little as possible is the apparent goal. I do remember (vaguely) my own teen years, and I know mornings weren't fun. I slept through as many as possible. Something odd happens to our internal clocks during the teen years, and we seem to almost universally shift our rhythm to mean late (very late) nights and even later wake-up times. This makes for very stressful and rushed mornings on school days.
Mornings are a struggle for all of us in our family, but when you throw in the Teen's natural sleep patterns, getting him going to be in class on time can be a bit of a nightmare. Numerous knocks on his door and wake up calls ensue. Each one more terse than the one before. One thing we've found to work is to actually open his bedroom door and turn on the light while calling him to get up. The combination of bright light disturbing his rest and open door disturbing his privacy seems to work. He can't help but get up and close the door, and once he's up he knows he needs to keep moving.
The next struggle is getting in a quick breakfast that will give him energy to get through his morning. Like me, he doesn't want to eat first when he gets up, but unlike me, he doesn't have the luxury of easy access to a late breakfast once he's ready. Popping out of math class to toast a bagel is generally frowned upon you know. We long ago discovered the joy that is YOP.
YOP is a drinkable yogourt, the first one to arrive in Canada, and is a great option for a quick grab and go blast of energy and nutrition on those rushed school mornings. To get your teen moving, YOP provides 150 calories and 5g of protein in every 200ml bottle. It also has 20% of the daily recommended values of Vitamin D and Calcium, plus 30% of the day's B12. YOP comes in seven yummy fruit flavours, with a new flavour, Orange Blast, coming soon. Best of all, it tastes great and is perfect to press into your teen's hand as he or she rushes out the door.
Have you tried YOP yet? Head on over to the Life Made Delicious Facebook page on August 7, to request a free coupon while supplies last. Check it out and be ready for the hectic school day mornings that are soon to come.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Help YOP Help You Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.