Do your kids have a bedtime? If yes, what time & for what age and is it respected and/or enforced.
Also, is there a different bedtime for school days, weekends, summer time?
Yes I think it important to not only have a child that has a structured life but it also is good for their health and teaches them to mind, my 14 yr old is in bed at 10:00 and my 19 yr old its 11.
As far as summer goes I do let the 14 year old stay up till 11 during the summer but he is usually in the bed by 10 anyway, I think it is because he has adapted an internal clock that helps get him to sleep
I hope this answer helps
My nine year old goes to bed at 9pm on a school night and my two year old doesn't go much sooner - around 8.30. My nine year old doesn't argue with this as he knows it is perfectly fair. He stays up later at the weekend to read a book in bed or sometimes watch tv with me - and in the holidays everything goes out the window, he goes to bed late and then gets up late and then when it's time to go back to school he isn't tired at the right time. It works ok for us, but then I like staying up late anyway, as long as I have some time to myself I'm not really bothered. A child of this age needs ten hours sleep and he does get that.
well they need to be trained to be in bed by 9pm.because of school.depending on age.my 12yr old is in bed by 9pm.smaller kids at 8pm.
8pm has been bedtime in our house since our oldest was born, it started from the four hour feeding schedule 8, 12, 4. The house shuts down at 8pm and so do I! I'm a little more lenient on weekends, if there is something they wanted to watch or we go out, etc. The older kids do stay up longer, as long as they are not disturbing the house and they are responsible about getting up the next morning and taking care of business wether it be work or school then I am fine with it.
We have a regular bedtime for the kids that gets adjusted as we have responsibilities that override the bedtime.
Our responsibility as parents is to love our children so much we help them get enough sleep to function well. Their best learning hours are in the morning after a restful night.
So, we need to study the facts of how many hours of sleep children need at their ages.
I taught school for many years, and now have our two children my husband and I home school. I had so many children who were tired, who came to school without breakfast because they went to bed too late and were not ready to eat before school.
My son is 13 and needs about 9 to 10 hours of sleep at night.
My daughter is 6, and she needs about an hour more. She does better the next day than he does when they go to bed late.
We tell our son, if he wakes up early, he can read or do something quietly, but that he needs to go to bed at the time we set for him. That way, he is ready in the morning for whatever comes up the next day.
Parents need some evening time, without the children present, until the children become old enough to participate in adult discussion, or watch what's on TV later in the evening.
It's a child by child situation and parents need to be the parents who make good house rules for their children.
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