What time are you folks' kids going to bed?

Katrina - posted on 09/14/2011 ( 69 moms have responded )

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Hi all,
My son is 7 (well, he will be in 4 days). He goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:00 every night and has to get up at 7:00 to go to school. A lot of the time, it takes him a long time to get to sleep, and he keeps coming down with excuses like he needs to pee or he heard a noise. He has a globe as a nightlight that is very dim, and we have a blackout shade on the window so light is not the issue. He was complaining that noises in the distance were keeping him from falling asleep, but a radio turned on very softly to a classical station has solved that. Is he going to bed too early? Lots of the other kids in the area are up much later but they still have to get up for school and I can't imagine they're getting enough sleep. What time do your kids go to bed?
Thanks in advance!

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Amanda - posted on 09/18/2011

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My 6 year old goes to bed at 9 and takes at times an hour or so to fall asleep. She gets up for school at 7 with no problem. I did talk to the dr a couple weeks ago during her physical and she said as long as she is getting at least 8 hours, it doesnt really matter so those nights when it takes her til 11 to fall asleep, as long as she still gets up in the morning with no problem then not to worry about it.

Lindsay - posted on 09/18/2011

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I have 3 kids and we all go upstairs together at 6.30pm. They get changed for bed, do toilet and teeth and then they can choose an episode of their favourite show on tv (older child gets two episodes) followed by story. My 1 year old has light out by 7 after milk, my 4 year old has lights out at 7.30 and my 6 year old at 7.45pm.
My eldest used to be scared of monsters and we spray a room spray called 'sleep therapy'. We told him that monsters were scared of the smell and wouldn't come anywhere near. It killed two birds with one stone as the spray contained lavender and chamomile and so helped him to relax too!
Hope this helps x

Sabryna - posted on 09/16/2011

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I have an 11 year old girl who goes to bed at 8 and a 17 year old girl who goes to bed between 9 and 9:30. With the teens, if they go to bed earlier, then you don't have as much problem getting them up in the morning. With the little ones, my husband will read them a chapter in their favorite book while they are in bed, to settle their minds. Then it is time for bed and 99% of the time, we don't have a problem with them staying there.

Katrina - posted on 09/16/2011

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I wish we had a bus! But I guess not so much now that we moved closer to the school a few weeks ago and we walk there (20 minutes) every day with the puppy. Anyway, it seems like we're doing the right things, and he's also starting to get to sleep a bit better now that we're through the second week of this school year.

Bevely - posted on 09/16/2011

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My kids are 8 and 9, their bedtime is 8pm and they get up at 6am to catch the bus at 6:45am

Angel - posted on 09/16/2011

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my son is 9 and he goes to be at about 9 or 10 everynight and is up at 7:00 A.m.

Jimena - posted on 09/16/2011

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My daughter goes to bed at 8pm.. I put some water in a cup next to her bed and read her a bedtime story. By 8:15 she is out.... she is very good with her routine and I follow on the weekends as well. I think that is the key... The only issue with that is we have to be home by no later than 7 on the weekend so they can go to bed at the right time.... no excuses... the only time she goes to bed a little later is on summer vacation, and 15 days before school start she goes into the same routine again...

Yvonne - posted on 09/16/2011

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My 8 and 9 year old go to bed at 7.30pm unless they are at Cubs or an evening group when bedtime is 8.30pm. My son needs the sleep and sometimes has to be woken at 7.30am. Perhaps I am sending them to bed too early!

Joycelynn - posted on 09/15/2011

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well! my two girls is 10 & 8 years old while they are trained to go to bed by 9:30pm to to get up 6:45am in the morning to get ready to go to school. i started to trained them since they were infant with as early as sleeping at 8:30pm and when they are Ks I get them to sleep at 9 or 9:30 till now. I will switched off all the lights in the house and no TV or any other sounds around so to let them sleep. we will lie down on the bed as well and at tiem we sleep during that time together. i will only gets up to continue my work after they gone to bed and in wonderland usually in between half an hour.

Ann Marie - posted on 09/15/2011

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good idea sharon!! Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get both my girls (5 and 7) to sleep in thier own room? they sleep on my floor everynight, when I try and get them in thier room (they share a room with bunk beds) my 7 year old almost hyperventalates and crys and stays up almost all night, and they are both afraid to be on the top bunk..... I need help! LOL

Sharon - posted on 09/15/2011

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My 7 year old daughter goes to bed at 8pm. We have had issues with her getting silly, crazy and goofy right before bed. After we tuck her in she would then ask for a drink, and have to go to the bathroom and sometime yell out questions like did you lock the door? Or who is picking me up from after care tomorrow?...etc. She would do whatever she could to stay up and not go to bed. Well she sleeps with 3 night lights in her room. What I started doing was every time she asked a silly question, or would have to go to the bathroom (i make her pee right before bedtime), or needed a drink I would walk in her room and turn off one night light. If she did it again, I would turn another light off. One night she tested me 3 times, so all of her night lights were turned off. Needless to say it hasn't happened again.

Ann Marie - posted on 09/15/2011

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I have a 4 year old and 7 year old. They both have to be up by 5:45 am - 6am every morning. I have them showered and in PJ's around 7, then they sit and read a book or relax and watch TV til 8pm. Then off to bed they usually do not fall asleep til 8:30 (my 4yr old) and almost 9 (my 7 yr old)

Simone - posted on 09/15/2011

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Wow, I have learned new things today. Thanks!!!
I thought I was making my kids go to bed to soon, but I think after reading this I need to up their bedtimes. We get into bed by 9pm, but start the time for bed routine at 8:15 as that is when my foster child comes home from her visitations with parents. (I have asked and asked for it to be earlier but the social workers do not agree that sleep is important). Heres the kicker. . . . . We all have to be up by 6am and out the door by 6:20am. My 8 years old will sometimes wake up at 5:30 with me so she can eat breakfat at home as the school breakfasts are not as filling. The 3yr old sleeps in the car and the daycare has a set of clothes to change her out of her PJ's. I might copy and send that link to the social workers???

Zandra - posted on 09/14/2011

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My son is 8 and he sits on his bed and reads from 7:30-8:00. We then go in and pray and it is lights out at 8:00.

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At 6-7 my girls were going to bed around 7 and getting up at 6-6:30.

They will be 10 in December and school night bedtime is 8 and they get up at 6.

Katrina - posted on 09/14/2011

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I did ask about anxieties (he's been more nervous about the unexpected since he was hit by a car 2 years ago and his leg was shattered-- completely understandable. He's fine now, by the way, from that.). I expect he won't have anything new about that though, as he does share things like that freely with me. We do have a very set routine: work days I come home at 7:15 and we eat, read a story, and go to his room for songs while he lies in bed. Weekends, same routine but about a half hour earlier. He dos get lots of exercise at school, has swimming on Mondays and judo on Wednesdays, walks to and from school with one of us an dthe puppy, and for this reason we also got him a small trampoline fo rhis birthday, which is in the back yard. I suspect he will start sleeping better as the school year begins to intensify; he just started Group 3 which here is the first year that the teaching is more "big kid oriented" and less for the purely littleúns. But I thought I'd check and see what other people are doing/seeing, so I appreciate your input very much. Thanks for posting.

Caroline - posted on 09/14/2011

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My 7 yr old son goes to bed at the same time. He has ADHD, so we have to give him very definite boundaries, at bedtime and otherwise. For the peeing, juice is limited to twice a day (recently upped from once a day), and not too soon before bedtime (I.e. no later than dinner). He is allowed a snack after dinner, but he has to take it by 7, and we remind him as 7 approaches that if he wants a snack, now is the time. He gets a bath or shower, then we read, then pray, then tuck in. I think the routine is important, as well as allowing time for what he will do. Also, my son wasn't easily falling asleep for a while, and when asked, he finally told me he was worried about monsters between his bed and the wall and in the closet. I pushed his bed up snug with the wall, and each night now make a show of checking for monsters, then 'seal' the closet door with an extra sticky post-it. I heard of someone else installing an extra window lock for a child who was afraid someone might come in his window at night. If you ask outright, you might be surprised to find he has a fear you weren't aware of. Another thing, probably most important, is to make sure he's getting Lots of physical activity, preferably early afternoon right after school. We are blessed to be in a place that's safe enough to send him outside to play, but if not, a treadmill, a big exercise ball he can battle with, a trampoline (they're not totally safe but Fun), or Something to get his energy out is essential. My son Loves a bike ride with me. I hope you get it worked out!

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