Is anyone keeping same sleep schedule during summer?
We have such an erratic schedule in our home.
I work 11p-7a Tues, Wend, Sat, Sun. So even on my days off I try to stay awake late or wake up at 3am. Sleeping my regular schedule has been hard the last three weeks since the kids have been out of school. I am use to sleeping while everyone is at school.
My DD who goes is entering 1st grade has had a strict bedtime of 7pm since last october after discovering the few nights we had activities going on and not going to bed til 8:30; caused attention issues the following day. She is a natural early riser and she is the type that takes a while to get settled down and fall to sleep (I'm the same exact way)
My two StepSons have had the bedtime of 8:30 for a few years (one is entering 1st grade and the other 5th) and my DD who turns 5 this aug has a bedtime of 8p but it can take her until 10p to go to sleep.
DH has been trying to keep the boys on the same schedule so when fall comes around we don't have issues with bedtimes. Other than me loosing sleep (the boys just don't get that we share a bedroom wall and that running around in the hallway keeps me awake, DH tries his best but it happens) My girls have been at their dads since school let out and I don't expect them to come home for more than two days at a time this summer since they really don't get that much time with him during the school year. I know that he is allowing them to go to bed when they feel like it; which means my older daughter will go into her bedroom at 8pm and passout without saying goodnight to anyone lol. and my youngest will fall asleep when her dad does (at least he thinks, he said he has been leaving the living room light on and he can tell she plays with toys and colors before going to sleep) It's been past 98deg around here which is high for this area at this time. This has left no time for any of the kids to go outside and play for extended periods of time.
I have thought about telling DH it's ok to let everyone stay up until at least the time that I leave for work on work nights. That allows them more time outside at dusk and dark to play and gives me a few extra hours in the morning to sleep. I just don't know how healthly this would be for them. If we did it this way two weeks before school we would slowly move up their bedtimes back to what they were. I'm not worried about my eldest DD because when she is tired she is really good about going to bed in her own timeframe. and if her sister is allowed to stay up I know that her sister will get a few things out of their room and stay out til she wants to go to bed.