Thanks so much for your question! Fall does seem to be a bit difficult for many. Our wonderful children who were up early in the mornings during summertime, in order not to miss anything, are now almost impossible to wake up for school. Or, perhaps your child(ren) slept their way through summer and now they need to reacquaint themselves with the alarm clock. Either way, adjustments are necessary.
If you’re feeling that some sort of intervention is necessary, FMS tells us that her mother used to drug (them) to sleep early, wake (them) up with ice water in the morning, drive away and make (them) chase the car home to tire (them) out.. But still the first week back was a nightmare. It is a method, though.
VKK notes that her own mother also used to do a training of ten days, which was not so successful. It just ended up of ten days of her nagging and us resisting like hell. So now I do the cold turkey method with my kids.AO and KT agree with VKK that the cold turkey method may be the best, and it seems that many mothers from this group are in agreement.
ELM points out that it’s actually harder for her to get moving than for the kids, so again, hang in there.
On a final note, HF mentions that they have radio taiso every day and obon so we never really get out of the routine! I like it though as we don’t like to sleep in anyway so it works for us. The moral of this lesson is that if you never get out of routine, it’s that much easier to stay with it.
The bottom line? Our mothers are quite sympathetic to your situation, and wish you the best of luck whether you decide to retrain the family or go cold turkey.