Back to School: Know when your child is fully awake

Make sure your child is fully awake

Today is the first day of school in Framingham, MA, where Staples is headquartered. To kick off the school year, we’re doing a series of posts that show how Staples Connect can solve your back-to-school needs. (Teachers included.) We’ll be posting something new every work day through next Friday, so be sure to come back and see how Staples Connect can help you.

Contrary to popular belief, getting up for the first day of school isn’t too difficult. You’ve just come off a summer where there’s plenty of time to catch up on sleep and then you watched as the first day of school came closer and closer. When it hits, you’re ready for it. You’ve anticipated it.

But getting up the second day? Much harder. Same for the third, fourth, eighth, fourteenth, or any other day but the first. Once the buzz is gone and routine has set in, getting yourself out of bed on those days is hard. Getting a teenager out of bed on those days? It might be easier to rouse a hibernating bear. And then, as a parent, how do you know if your bear—er, school-age child—is actually awake and moving?

Today, we’ll solve those problems with Staples Connect.

There’s two issues facing every parent in the morning: waking up their child and making sure that the child is awake. Let’s tackle each of them separately.

To wake up your child in the morning, we’d suggest creating an Activity that turns on the lights in his or her room when it’s time to wake up. If you want to build this kind of Activity, the “Good Morning!” Activity article is a good place to start. (If you’re thinking of going this route, we’d suggest using this Leviton dimmer for your child’s room instead of a plug-in dimming module because it’s harder for a sleepy, disgruntled child to disable the dimmer when they want more sleep. Not that we ever did that when we were that age.)

The other question is more challenging: how do you know your child is awake? With Staples Connect, we can answer this. We’ll turn on a light in the living room (where we sit in the morning) to a specific color whenever a motion sensor detects movement in our sleepyhead’s bedroom. It will only do this in the morning, when he or she should be waking up.

To do this, we’ll create an Activity with our Staples Connect app.

  1. Tap Activities.
  2. Tap New Activity, then enter a name for your Activity.
  3. We want the bulb to turn on only when motion is detected, so the motion sensor will start the Activity. Choose “The Activity will be started by one of my devices,” then choose the bedroom motion sensor.
  4. Now we need to tell your home when to turn the light bulb on. Tap the Reason dropdown, then choose “When the device detects motion.” Then tap the When dropdown, choose “Between two times,” and set the start and end time to the times your child needs to wake up at.
  5. Now we’re ready to pick the light we want to turn on. Choose the Hue Bulb in the living room (where we’ll be in the morning), then tap Next.
  6. The Hue lights allow us to change the color, saturation, and brightness. Tap Choose, then set the bulb’s color to green, the saturation to about two-thirds green, and the brightness to 50. When you’re satisfied with the levels, tap Next.
  7. We don’t need an email or push notification whenever this happens, so we’ll tap Skip. If we wanted a notification, we would set it up on this page and send it to multiple Users.
  8. Almost there! Once you’ve reviewed your Activity, tap Finish.

Great! Now you’ll know for sure when your child is awake and moving.

Bonus points: If you’ve got multiple kids who have trouble getting up, you can do the same thing for each of them. Put a motion sensor in each of their rooms and create Activities for each of them that will turn your Hue bulb different colors. Then you can see at a glance who’s just gotten awake and who needs some extra encouragement.

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