I have 2 kids: 7 yr old in 2nd grade, 5 yr old in Pre-K. Right now, they go to bed at 8. By the time I get off work and pick them up, we get home about 6. Then, we have homework, baths, and dinner. Most nights we barely make it to bed on time, usually 10-15 minutes late, sometimes 30. They get up at 6 to get ready for school, b/c they have to go to before school care so I can go to work. I am a single parent, so there is no one to divide stuff up with to get it all done. My question is: I'm thinking of moving their bedtime to 9, so we have more time. They've been staying up til 9 on break, and seem to be doing ok with it. What time do your kids go to bed and would this be a bad/good idea?
Asked by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Dec. 29, 2008 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
Another thought is to make sure they get enough sleep on weekends. This is a good chance to catch up sleep they miss during the week, but lots of parents let kids stay up way later so they end up more sleep deprived by Monday morning.
Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:35 AM on Dec. 29, 2008
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Answer by Jazak at 11:39 AM on Dec. 29, 2008
I'm a teacher and I agree with RenneK. 90% of the time when one of my students starts struggling I ask them when they're going to bed and discover they've been staying up late. It's the first I check on when I notice a sudden change in performance. Kids need a solid 8+ hours a night.
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