SLEEPY, BOSSY KIDS
DJ1: Sharon Witt in the studio. Good morning Sharon.
SHARON WITT: Good morning. How are you guys?
DJ1: Very well.
DJ2: Very, very well. Hey, Sharon.
SHARON WITT: Yes?
DJ2: Often when we chat here, we have a lot of people SMS-ing in questions. We don’t know where to get to them. But I wanna be able to get to them today. So if you have a question for Sharon call light FM. Romy has already SMS because he heard us mention we’re gonna be chatting to you. And so we thought why not just launch into this. I know you’re not prepared but I know you are such a professional. You’ll have the answers.
DJ1: You’ll get there.
DJ2: Romy in the SMS said can you ask Sharon how do you deal with a very well balanced six year-old that has suddenly become very bossy with her friends.
SHARON WITT: Hmm, yes I had one of those.
DJ2: You too.
SHARON WITT: So I can relate to that. Look, I think, some, there are very, many personalities in young people and some of them do come out quite bossy. And it’s interesting because some young people actually find their friendships and they hang on to the ones that they can actually boss around a little bit. So, sometimes it works, so you’ve actually got some kids that are quite happy to be bossed around. And then you’ve got some that are quite happy to be the bossy ones. If it is a problem, you might then need to sort of stimulate some different activities and help them to be able to be a good player and a good sharer. So, I imagine that this person is actually saying “look, it’s becoming a little bit of a problem ‘cause they’re always bossing their friends around.” So, if it’s becoming a problem that way, you might need to sit them down and say, you know, we might actually need to taking in turns and letting, you know, your friends actually, you know, decide what we’re gonna play. And so, it can be a bit tricky. Those sort of qualities can be fantastic, they can often be the sort of kids that will go far and will be sort of leaders. So, there’s some great qualities sort of encourage, but if they’re becoming bossy where other kids are getting left out and feeling a bit bad, then you have to kind of work through that with them and maybe actually be there when they’re playing and help, you know, help them through that.
DJ1: Now, we had some news about our teens, it’s quite big news isn’t it?
SHARON WITT: There’s a new going through overnight that many teenagers do not believe they’re getting enough sleep to remain alert at school and stay healthy. So, it’s actually more, girls were actually more concerned about this sleeping habits than boys. And the youngsters are more actively saying that they are not getting enough as they get older. And I would actually tend to agree with that because of the young people that I work with. Most of them would say that they’re not getting enough sleep and then they’re suffering a sleep deficit. So, for example if you stayed up watching “The Blindside” last night, which was a brilliant movie, that went till about eleven o’clock and if you’ve got primary kids and you know, secondary kids that have to get up for school in the morning, they’re struggling this morning. And so what happens is that they have a sleep deficit. So tonight, they should actually go to bed, you know, a little bit earlier to try and catch up that because if you’re constantly having not enough sleep it’s gonna come out somewhere. And, kids do struggle to concentrate at school and if you hadn’t had a good breakfast and you haven’t slept well, you’ll gonna be struggling to keep your eyes open in the classroom.
DJ1: Teens, their sleeping patterns, change completely don’t they? I was speaking for guys. When I was a teenager, I started sleeping way more in the day, stayed really tired.
DJ2: But, why is that?
DJ1: It’s, apparently it’s scientific. They actual, chemicals change within a teenager and they need to sleep more.
SHARON WITT: You actually had to have a nap and that during the day.
DJ1: And I’m lot of amazed a lot of them just sleep at night. The biggest sleeping I ever did was when I was a teenager.
SHARON WITT: Yeah, a lot of boys in particular like to sleep in and sort of you know, wake up at the crack of noon.
SHARON WITT: But I thinks it’s coming back to getting healthy sleeping habits and making sure you get a decent night sleep. And a lot of kids that I work with say that they actually struggle to fall asleep or wake up too early or wake up in the middle of the night. And one of the big reasons behind this is their sleeping with their handheld devices.
DJ2: Yes, that is a bad thing.
SHARON WITT: So they’ve got those next to them. And if you even got, you know, turn it off and put it next to your, your bedside table, the thing is, as soon as they wake up they’re checking just in case they’ve missed a vital piece of information on Facebook during the night. So, a few quick tips for teenagers, set a regular time and stick to it. Try and go to bed at the same time every night. Because like when we’re babies, we actually learn to fall asleep, you know, our body recognizes that. Keep electronic devices to a minimum in the bedroom, try and get them away. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try reading for thirty minutes or having a hot chocolate or something like that. If it’s winter, have a warm bath. Avoid caffeinated drinks at least two hours before bedtime. Don’t be sitting on Facebook drinking a can of coke and then wanting to go to sleep cause your brain just won’t be able to switch off. And, avoid, you know, watching television right up to thirty minutes before you go to bed. You need to actually have that downtime so that your brain recognizes “okay we’re winding down, we’re going to”
DJ1: Oh really, cause I do that. I kind of have about, probably, fifteen minutes before I go to bed.
SHARON WITT: Dose off in the middle of watching something and your head’s going forward and.
DJ2: If, I know, if I’ll pick up anything electronic and look at it that’s bright, I’m gonna, well I’ll be awake for another half an hour.
DJ1: Bright lights, bright lights, pretty.
SHARON WITT: And our poor kids are trying to concentrate at school the next day and it is difficult. So, and welcome back to all those, some of the private schools are going back today, they had an extra week.
DJ1: Ah, good for you private schools.
SHARON WITT: So, everyone’s back now.
DJ1: Welcome mate.
SHARON WITT: All is well in the world.
DJ1: Thank you so much Sharon, as brilliant.
SHARON WITT: Thanks guys. Have a great day.
DJ1: You too. We’ll see you next week.
SHARON WITT: See you next week.