Nope. In fact, one of the funniest moments in my whole parenting life was when my nearly-14yo called up from the computer: "Mom, what's a curfew?"
My kids never had a curfew of any kind --not a bedtime, not an 'in the house' rule and not a 'how late things out there can go.'
When I was a little kid, I used to be told (often over and over) to 'go to sleep' and could never figure out HOW? So, I never got myself involved in my kids' sleeping habits --in any direction. If there was something they needed to be up for, I got them up when they were little and when they were older they got themselves up for. Despite years of being told that if they weren't made to go to sleep in my time when they were little they'd 'never be able to get up when it mattered' I nevertheless have children who are late for classes and work no more often than anyone else they know. But unlike others, they don't think staying awake tired is fun.
at 9:30 PM on Nov. 29, 2009