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Sleepover Bedtime?

Quick question Mama's, I have eleven year old twin girls who are having a friend stay the weekend with them. What time is reasonable to say Lights Out? I told them good night about 10:15 last light but am wondering how other mama's would have handled it. Would about 10:00 be okay for tonight also or should I let them just crash when they want since they're not causing any trouble or anything? I go to bed around 11:30 and would feel weird going to bed if they're still awake but I do trust them. If your kids were at my house what time would you expect them to be put to bed?


Asked by Luuckymommy at 7:09 PM on Jul. 2, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • My oldest just turned 11 and had a sleepover for her birthday (actually a camp out in our back yard). I sent them out to the tent at 10pm which is the kids' regular summer bedtime. Not sure when they fell asleep but it wasn't much after that. They were all pretty tired from running around all day.
    Whenever they have friends stay over they go to bed at their normal time. I don't let them stay up all night like the other parents do. When my oldest used to stay at her BFF's house before we moved they always stayed up until 1 or 2am and then she'd come home and be cranky all day (she will not take a nap) and I'm stuck fixing the issue.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 8:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • I would say in sleeping bags/beds but 10:00 lights out at 11. If they were goofing off nad not sleeping by 12 or so I may consider exasperating them.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:11 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • I would say no later than 12:00. I know they are having fun, but I believe that sleep is so important.

    Answer by QandA at 7:12 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • I agree sleep is very important and my girls get grouchy when tired:)

    Comment by Luuckymommy (original poster) at 7:14 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • LMAO @ auto correct!! Is should say separating!!!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:28 PM on Jul. 2, 2011

  • My children haven't had any sleep overs yet, but when I was young the parents (mine and others) would let us stay up all night long! And then I would be wiped for the whole next day! I don't think it's unreasonable to expect them to be settled by midnight, but would give them a little leniency.

    Answer by Austinsmom35 at 10:45 PM on Jul. 2, 2011