Having trouble waking up?

Lindsay, our teenager, is typical of many teens — each morning is a struggle for her to wake up and get out of bed. Sometimes it takes her over an hour. She gets that from Michele.

What’s a parent to do? Last night I was browsing Boing Boing, and found a link to the Top Ten Most Annoying Alarm Clocks. Quite a few intriguing products… we’re probably going to get the Sonic Alarm.

Do you find it hard to get your partner or the kids up in the morning? Well the Sonic Alarm is the perfect solution to your problem.

Getting that grumbling snuffling bulk out from under the duvet in the morning is a challenge you really shouldn’t have to bother yourself with. Especially as the thing that emerges is inevitably grumpy and looks like a hung-over swamp monster. Well the Sonic Alarm makes the whole ‘getting them out of bed’ exercise a very simple, and indeed amusing, operation. Looking like an old-fashioned comedy hand grenade, the Sonic Alarm will wake pretty well anything up. Simply pull the pin, yell an emphatic “fire in the hole” and lob the grenade into the sleeper’s room. After twenty seconds a very annoying and piercingly loud noise (there are three volume settings) will blast out from the alarm. That’s not all however, what makes this especially great is that to stop the alarm the sleeper has to find you so you can put the pin back in. It’s stupid, and brilliant, and will be the bane of every over-sleeper on the planet. Parents are going to love this, though the soon to be rudely awoken might not.

Alex really wants us to get this… he has no trouble waking up in the morning (gets that from me), I think he’s wanting to be the first one to toss it into her room. If we do, I promise a video follow-up.