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What time is s good time to put kids to bed when school is in I have a 5 ,9 and 14 year old . Should they go to bed all at same time ?


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      Stephanie wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I strongly believe in putting the youngest child to sleep around 8:30, the 9 year old around pm, and to allow the 14 year old to stay up until around 10:30, making it their personal preference to have just enough freedom but not to go overboard.

      Having children of different ages is challenging in this department but I think it is important to separate their bedtimes because some are older then others.

      I hope this helps : )

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      Pharmagirl wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Tough one. My girls are a year and a half apart at 7 and 8 1/2.  

      The younger one definitely needs more sleep but because they are so close in age she would balk if sent to bed early. Fortunately she sleeps in later so that makes up for it. But with school starting this might not be the best solution.  

      I agree with Stephanie in having different bedtimes for your children since the age difference seems to warrant it.

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      Talkytina wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • I am a mother of one 11 year old but helped my sisters to raise 4 kids and I mean literally raise as in participate in their daily lives and PTAs and through puberty and life of four nephews and one niece.  Their ages range from 28, 27, 26 and 25 years old.  One of which still lives with me.

      I say all children until they at least finish high school should have a bedtime that they adhere to, mainly for the benefit of their health.  When you set  a scheduled bedtime for a baby and adhere to it, their body naturally will slow down and ready itself for sleep at that certain time no matter what.  Granted as they get older it becomes more difficult to keep but teenagers need even more sleep then the younger ones do because of their developmental growth and daily activities.  

      With that said, my 11 year old had a bedtime of 8PM from baby until age 8.  Then 8:30 from age 8 until 9 and then 9PM from age 10 and will probably push it to age 12.  I will raise it up to 9:30 by the time he’s 13.  I educate him in understanding the importance of getting enough sleep and how it impacts his physical and mental health and have taught him that since he was very small so I have never not one day had an issue with it.  By 9PM he is just totally exhausted.   And guess what, the same goes for my nephews and niece.  Until this very day, by 10PM they are exhausted and too ready to hit the sack.

      It’s all in the name of good health.

      Good luck.

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