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Ask Madeleine Vol. 13

If you haven’t checked it out before, Madeleine is my just-turned-4-year-old daughter.  She loves answering your questions, and these are her REAL answers in her own words.  Submit your questions on our FB page. Send them in using the “contact” button.  Whatever works!

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I’m having a hard time getting up in the morning. What should I do so I’m not late for work?

Madeleine: Get an alarm clock.

Stinky Old Mom: Get an alarm clock.  She’s on to something with this one… If you are still having trouble, take a look at the quality of your sleep: mattress comfort, breathing issues, adequate level of darkness.  Make adjustments where necessary, such as going to bed earlier or adding melatonin to your diet to help you stay asleep. Lack of sleep is associated with all kinds of issues from diabetes to depression.  If this problem persists, a sleep study might be in order.  I’m actually thinking about getting one myself…

On the other hand, if this is really just about responding to an alarm–you heavy sleeper you–try a different kind of alarm clock.  This list of 10 serious wake-up calls includes one that makes you “work out” in order to turn it off.  Yikes.

What should I do if my friends are all doing things I really want to do, but know I shouldn’t do?

Madeleine: Why shouldn’t you do them? [Maybe they are bad for the person, or dangerous?] You have to find your own answers.

Stinky Old Mom: She’s right on this.  Soul searching is in order, my friend.  Here’s  a great post I came across about saying “no” to temptation and distraction.  The article cites scientific studies that reveal the best ways to avoid getting pulled in to vices.  The first technique is as simple as changing a few words.  Instead of saying, “I can’t have/do xyz,” try saying “I don’t…”  Saying “don’t” is actually reaffirming the belief in your own mind, while you are saying no.  “I don’t drink soda,” for example, is its own affirmation. It is also much more definitive and leaves less room for negotiation.

We are going on vacation this Labor Day.  What are your top three must-have items to pack?

Madeleine: A toothbrush, a pink rubber band, and a story.

Stinky Old Mom: Ha!  Can’t top that one.

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