One of my daily parenting tasks is to help my daughter get ready in the morning. The first part of this is getting her awake enough to get dressed. Sometimes she pops awake right away, and other days it's quite a chore. On the "chore" days, I've been delighted recently to find a secret weapon in the wake-up battle.
For the last few months, wake-up time has loosely coincided with sunrise. When I pull open the curtains in her room, I can see the morning sky beginning to lighten and turn pink. This is useful because my daughter is simply smitten with a colorful sky.
She can be lying in bed, motionless and completely resistent to morning cajoling, but if I see that pink glow in the sky, all I have to do is say, "Daisy! You've GOT to see the colors in the sky NOW!"
She'll summon the strength to drag herself to her feet, shield her blinking eyes from the light with her hands, stagger over to the window, and delicately peek out at the morning sky, peering between a couple of her fingers. "Ooooh!" she'll exclaim, "That's beautiful."
Then, she'll plop back into bed, dive under the covers, and pretend to be asleep again. I'm not so easily fooled though.