We went to the child psychiatric the other day. There are so many things we have tried to do, but for some reason when the Dr. says it, difficult child listens--an authority figure from outside the home and all that. He is supposed to get himself up on the a.m. with-his own alarm clock, and only 2 nice, happy voice reminders. After that, if he sleeps in, he misses school and stays home with-no TV, no video games. If he missed 20 days (unexcused), school rules are that he is held back a grade. It's all about natural consequences. We also suggested that difficult child put himself to bed with-o our nagging, and he didn't like that. I found it interesting and amusing, since he absolutely does NOT like to go to bed, and will play for hrs, read, do anything to prolong having to go to bed. I thought the nagging irritating him but he said he didn't mind it. I think he just doesn't want to be alone. Also, I think he equated it with-losing his backrub (I often give him a backrub to get him to settle down). So, last night I reminded him that he was going to get himself up in the a.m., and he balked. "No! You have to help me. You know how important it is that I go to school. I can't be held back again; I was held back already last yr!" Wow. He jumped from 1 or 2 days of oversleeping, to 20 days, and being held back! It's kind of funny, and very sweet. I told him he would still work toward that goal but we'd work on it together. He seemed happy with-that. He got up this a.m. with-only one reminder. Whew!