Bedtimes for kids.

United States
March 7, 2009 9:08pm CST
I have 4 kids and have been dicussing and going over bedtimes recently. Currently the older 3 go to bed usually at 8 or :3pm on weekdays. On the weekends if they are busy its usually 8:30pm o 9pm but if they aren't then depending on what else is going on its like 10pm-ish. I put them in bed at 8pm on the weekdays but I let them watch 1 movie so they do get a little extra awake time. But My oldest is 8 then I have a 7 year old and a 5 year old and am trying to keep it fair and think the older 2 should be able to stay up a little later than the 5 year old. The baby, who is 10 months, usually goes to sleep around 8pm as well just to keep him in routine with the rest of the family. What time do your kids go to bed?
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• Canada
9 Mar 09
Well I have 4 kids as well. Ages 14, 11, 6, and 3. The 6 and 3 year old are in bed at 7- 7:30. My older two, depending on how their attitudes and behaviors have been that day will go to bed between 9 pm and 10 pm. Children need to have a sufficient amount of sleep, and with both of the stages we are at in our home, the rate of growth is rapid, and the change is constant. I believe in well rested children, based on their individual body chemistry. For example, my 11 year old Daughter, requires less sleep. She has always been that way, and sometimes she is allowed to stay up with me, though it is still few and far in between. My 14 year old son, however, requires all sleep available to him, or he actually will get physically sick. So he HAS no choice but to go to sleep. I tell them it is nothing to do with being fair, because life isn't fair, it has to do with doing what is in the best intrest of them each as individuals. Would it be right of me to allow him to stay up later, like his younger sister, in order to be fair, even if I knew he would physically suffer for later? Best of Luck!! God Bless!
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
Hi callahan, If it's a school night,my daughter has to be in bed by 10pm.I originally set it at 9pm but she negotiated for an additional hour...reason being she wants some more time to watch tv and surf the net after finishing her homework.We usually cut some slack on weekends though. Thanks.Happy mylottin!
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
8 Mar 09
hello callahanb bedtime for my two boys depends on if it is a school night or not. i have two boys that are still living at home, one of the boys is eleven, he is in the fifth grade and the other boy is eight years old, and he is in the third grade in school. but when that it is a school night, both boys go to bed at nine o'clock p.m. the eight year old goes to school an hour earlier than the eleven year old does. so the eleven year old gets to sleep a few minutes longer than the eight year old son does. then on friday and saturday nights, the boys usually do not have a certain bedtime. around ten or ten thirty at night, they get so tired that they cannot stand it and they will just go on to bed when that they get tired for the night. Spring break is coming up here soon at the end of next week for us around here, and the boys will not have a certain bedtime during that week's time either. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
@mimibt (52)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
I tuck my two kids to bed at the same time at nine.. But my son who is older gets to stay awake an hour more. Like you Callahanb78 I feel that the older child should be allowed to stay up longer but of course the younger one who is headstrong cannot or should I say refuse to accept my reason. So I have resorted to promising her that by her next birthday which is a few months from now she can stay awake as late as her older brother. The joys and dilemmas of parenting!
@arnon29 (52)
• United Arab Emirates
8 Mar 09
i dont have timings for my kids sleeping. when we are together we will play in the room and go out of the house and watch them play. if they need to take a nap in the afternoon i let them. but usually it will take them more time to be awake. at the evening we watch tv and at 10pm after having their midnight snack we have a story before going in bed.
@sassy28 (835)
• United States
8 Mar 09
Mine are 7 & 9, they start heading upstairs at 8:30 for school nights. It is about 9:30 when I finally leave their rooms. We go through the "I'm Hungry" "I'm Thristy" "I Need One More Hug" "Get The Cats Out Of The Room." This is usually a 30 to 45 minute ordeal. On weekends they can stay up to 10 or later if we are in the middle of a movie.
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
I have 3 kids. Before going to bed at 9:00 p.m. we have our story telling. This makes my kids well aware that after one story, it is time to go to sleep. Do you have story book? story telling makes kids go to bed. I use my favorite book, "BIBLE STORY" by Arthur Maxwell. It is a 10 volume that tells the story of the bible in narrative form which is easy for kids to understand. Story in plants values too. And the BIBLE STORY book teaches values. You may see the Bible Book at www.leomermarie.sulit.com.ph They have lots of story book!
• United States
8 Mar 09
My 8 year old goes to bed at 10 on week night and well we give a bed time of midnight on the weekends just to make it where he does not feel like a little kid but he never makes it that late lol lol and well my 2 year old wow I can never get her to bed early not matter what she fights it so bad the other day she hit 15 hours of being a wake before crashing I have asked the doctor about this and he says that some kids are just like that boy cant wait till she grows out of it lol lol we have even cut naps out for her so......
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
8 Mar 09
My yongest(3,5) falls asleep around 8, the older two (11, and 9,5) goes to bed around 9-10 weeksdays and a bit later during the weekends. They don't have a problem on getting up in the morning when they go to bed that late - så it's what works for us. I'm often in bed before the two oldest *lol* but I need way more sleep to be functional then they do!
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
8 Mar 09
My daughter use to stay up until 9, and then when she started pre-school, we started having her go to bed at 8. This whole idea was because she started pre-school going to the morning session. Around Christmastime, she got switched to the afternoon session. I just kept her going to bed at the same time. It was easier on all of us. My son goes to bed at 7. Sometimes he goes to bed a little earlier if he's acting cranky. He usually has not problem going to sleep. He sleeps through the night, and generally wakes up anywhere from 7:30 - 8:30. I do like it when he sleeps in later though because then I get to sleep in a little later. lol