Ice cube alarm clock gets sleepy kids and parents out of bed

My husband needs to be awakened with a sledgehammer every morning. I am SO doing this. From John of

Our oldest started kingergarten this Fall and I was worried about getting myself up in time rather than hitting the snooze alarm like I normally do. To jumpstart our mornings I created the Ice Cube Alarm Clock. I told my kids that when they hear my alarm going off they’re allowed to get 1 ice cube and use it to wake me up. Now they are eager to jump out of bed and I am wide awake when I hear the ice machine dispensing a cube.

(Be sure to visit John’s site. He’s been blogging since 2002 and his site is packed with tips and ideas.)

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  1. says

    Oh good grief! I would think you have to be a very good-natured person to tolerate that. I hate to imagine the screams and bloodshed that would result from such tactics in my house.

  2. says

    Wow! You must have cheerful morning people at your home. If I did that to my son, he would punch me in the nose. I wouldn’t even be able to be angry at him for it because I’d have done the same thing if it were me!

    We set the alarm ten minutes early and the kids climb in with me for some slow waking snuggles. It helps us non-morning people wake up gently.

  3. Shelley says

    My sister has an evil side. Her children get 2 wake-up calls, if they need a 3rd it comes with “wake-up spray” (a couple of squirts from the water bottle). Needless to say there are not many 3rd wake-up calls in her house.