Bed time for a 5 year old kindergarten boy

Aida - posted on 08/31/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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What is the appropriate bedtime for a five year old male kindergarten student.

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Jodi - posted on 08/31/2016

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WAY too late! That kind of bedtime will make for a tired little boy who won't have the capacity to learn.

Aida - posted on 08/31/2016

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Thank you. I'm a Grandma that just started caring for this kindergartener and wanted to let my son know that 11:00 pm was too late for a little boy that age.

Jodi - posted on 08/31/2016

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A child this age needs around 10-12 hours sleep a day, so you can use that to count back from the time he needs to wake in the morning. If you try a time and you are still having trouble waking him, then it may be that he needs a little longer, but if he is waking too early, a little shorter. At that age, my kids had to be up at 6:30am, so 7:30pm worked well as a bedtime. This worked right up until they were about 8 or 9, when I gradually increased it, and even now, my 11 year old's bedtime is 8:30pm. And she wakes every morning to her alarm, so clearly is getting enough sleep.

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