Why do I need to sleep longer than you?

@beamer88 (4268)
Philippines
February 1, 2011 7:36am CST
"Dad, why do I need to sleep longer than you?" I thought this was a simple question but I suddenly was at a loss with words. So I just told him that he needed to sleep longer hours since he was still growing up. Boy, what a lame answer and I think he knew it for he gave me this very doubtful look. Hey, I was caught by surprise. Haha. What would you have said?
9 responses
@nonersays (2660)
• United States
2 Feb 11
I would have said the same thing, that he is still growing, and growing boys need more sleep than people who are already grown.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
But I think he wasn't convinced. Hmm, actually, I know he wasn't convinced :)
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@shrijsr (577)
• Bangalore, India
1 Feb 11
Well, thats a very interesting question from your kid! Kids these days have so many questions for which we are almost dumb struck! That's really good until and unless you are not the one for whom the question is pointed at! :D Well, if that question was shot against me, then i would have said, you need to get a lot more sleep than me because you need to grow more and if you sleep well, you will probably grow as the tallest person amongst your friends later! I think the kids are fascinated by the thought that they will be noticed and concentrated among others!
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I dread the day when he'd ask a question pointed at me :) Yes, they I've noticed that at an early age, they kinda have developed an ego thing but in a naive way. Well, don't we all :)
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@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Well how old is your child? If he is a toddler, there is no use using scientific terms like growth hormones and metabolism. I'm sure he'll give you that very doubtful look again. Children are so inquisitive. They ask the most simplest questions and the most difficult to answer. They always say the word "Why?" Sometimes, we ourselves don't know the answers. My son is 4 years old and really looks up to his dad. If he ask me this question, I'd answer: You need to sleep longer so you can be as tall as your dad or even more.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
My son just turned 7 and is in his first grade. That was an afterthought actually. To explain things to my son by using comparisons. Oh, well, another lesson learned from a first-grader :)
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I think our answers should be based on the level of comprehension of our kids. That's why I ask how old is he. You can not use scientific terms in a toddler, so you try to be as descriptive as possible, as animated as possible, as creative as possible. Our children doesn't only learn from us but we also learn from them.
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
I think I would have said the same thing too I don't think that was a lame answer, I really believe that is the reason why children should sleep more, because they really grow up fast and it is scientific that they grow while they are sleeping I am not so sure I agree with the regaining your energy thing though, my boys are so active that they never seem to get drained of energy hehehe
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
Yeah, boys seem to have an abundant supply of energy. I'm not sure either if kids do regain their energy. I just assume they did since I for one get rejuvenated after a good night's sleep.
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
14 Feb 11
Before I had even read as far as to where you stated the answer that you gave to this question, the answer that came into my mind was because the children are still growing and they need sleep so that they are able to grow more effectively. That said, I don't think that the answer that you gave was lame at all. Perhaps the reason that your son gave you the doubtful look was because of the fact that you were doubtful in the way that you presented the answer.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
You're probably right. He might have sensed that even I doubted my own explanation, which honestly, I did. I wanted to give him a more specific answer but I just couldn't think of words that a 7-year-old kid would understand.
• United States
7 Feb 11
As a child, when it comes to bedtime, any answer to that question would have made him think "yeah right." They all think there big boys and girls but you know what is best. I would have simply told him that his brain is still growing where your's is all grown up! =) Let him know that it's importand for a child to get planty of rest because there bodies need it to keep growing big and strong. It's difficult to explain this type of thing to a young child. Just tell him it's because you said so Lol
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
Haha! Yes, that's what I tell my son when I run out of explanations :)
@ice1187 (31)
• Philippines
6 Feb 11
I suppose your son is a toddler? For me that would be the same answer I'll be giving him because if I explained to him regarding sleep pattern and all those systems involve when sleeping in relation to their needs, He must be sleeping by then.. ahahaha remember that child only have a small span of attention so short but sensible answers must be provided as possible.Is that your son o your profile picture?
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
6 Feb 11
Yup, he's 7, now. And you're right, we need to keep our words simple when we explain things to our kids.
@Hatley (159313)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Feb 11
beamer just ask any good doctor and they will tellyou youngsters do need more sleep than us adults as their metabolism is normally higher and healthier then ours and so they use up energy that needs replenishing bvy sleeping.teens also need longer and its explained very scientifically'in any medical journal.they also burn up fuel faster'and more efficiently than most of us overweight people do so they need to eat better and sleep longer too.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Well, yeah, the do expend energy more than us. I couldn't put it in a way that he might have understood. I guess I was really, really caught off guard.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
2 Feb 11
I tell my kids they need to sleep more because they use more energy. I have also told them that there are times when I do not sleep enough but try to make sure I get enough. Their bodies do grow in their sleep, it also regenerates muscles when you sleep. It is so funny when they can catch you off guard like that...lol.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Believe me, this isn't the first time I got caught off guard :)