Caitlyn - posted on 03/23/2012 ( 23 moms have responded )
I have two daughters - Ashley (12), and Sarah (14). We've found 7:00PM to be a reasonable bedtime for the both of them and it's worked well. When each reached middle school (6th grade) we modified it somewhat and they can delay sleeping until 8:00PM if they want to read in bed (this doesn't happen often and when they do they tend to go to sleep by about 7:30 anyway). Same bedtime for school nights, weekends, and summers. I know though that there's a lot of pressure to be "cool" and stay up late at that age - I worry whether since sarah is starting high school this fall if there will be issues with keeping bedtime where it is and going to sleep when it's still light out.
We would very much like to keep this routine until they're off to college. I wanted to know though if anyone has tips for keeping this the rule as they get older?