What Are Kids Doing Out This Late?
September 13, 2017 12:58am CST
Some of my neighbors in the apartment building next to ours have been hanging outside all night. Their kids are outside with them, running around and screaming in the streets. It is nearly 11 p.m. On a school night. No wonder teachers have trouble getting kids to mind in school these days. Some of them are out playing in the street at all hours and have no set bedtime! This isn't just a one time occurrence, nor are these the only people in our neighborhood who let their little darlings run wild in the middle of the night. I have babysat for families and even have friends who won't enforce bedtimes with their kids and instead let them stay up playing video games, watching TV, or playing on the computer until the kid "feels like" going to bed. When I was a kid, my bedtime was no later than 9 p.m. I didn't get to stay up til 10 p.m. on school nights until I was a teenager. A lot of kids these days have no set routines or boundaries. It is no wonder they are unruly and often have behavioral problems or can't concentrate in school. They're TIRED! I just don't get the whole concept of letting your school age child -- or even preschool age child -- stay up all night. It seems like setting them up for failure. Here in California, school districts are considering pushing their start times to later in the morning. It seems like a simpler solution is for parents to not let their first graders stay out past midnight playing with their friends.
4 people like this
• Guangdong, China
I really thanks for the routine bedtime setted by my mom from a very young age. I never stayed up late until 9:30PM on school nights when in primary school. My mom usually goes to bed before 10PM, so we remain the habit of early sleeping. God knows how could those parents let their children out for hanginig and playing. Believe me, this same situation happens in my neightbors too. How could the parents free their children out to have fun at 11:30PM, and their kids bark to the locked crazy dogs next to them! How horrible!
• United States
It's crazy how their parents can let them stay out so late. And what about the people (including other children) who are in bed trying to sleep while those kids run around, shrieking and making all kinds of noise? It's very inconsiderate, and also dangerous. You would think their parents would at least have some concern for their safety, but I guess not.
• United States
In the summer it gets dark around 9 p.m. here, and there is no school so it's understandable when the kids are out late, especially if their parents are hanging around outside with them. But during the school year when kids are just roaming the street unsupervised late at night, it makes me wonder about their parents. I'm sure there is a curfew here too, but they are not following it.