My DD who is 8 (turning 9 next month) goes to bed at 730 and is allowed to read till 8pm.
If she comes out for anything that i deem a non necessity (ie - not sick or urgent matter) once she will get a warning, next time she loses her ipad for 24hrs.
She us up just after 7 in the mornings so is getting 11hrs sleep.
My 9 year old (almost 10) goes to bed at 7.30 and gets up at 7am. After reading this thread I'm thinking its early, however he goes straight to sleep and never comes out once the light is turned off so I guess that's saying something. My kids are so active and really need a good nights sleep. On the weekends we don't really have a bedtime. It's all dependant on what we have on
I agree with Sonya that sometimes weeknights can only be 10 minutes of one on one before bed. But I try to do something that makes her feel special in that time like a foot massage.
She manipulates her dad much better than me. When its his turn to tuck her in he can be gone for an hour because she knows exactly what to start him talking about.
My 9yo is active (sport 3 or 4 times a week), he goes to bed at 8pm, lights out at 8.30pm, he gets up at 7am although usually awake and reading by 6.45am. He just doesn't seem to need sleep, even as a baby he ran on the bare minimum. If he gets out of bed after 8.30 he gets one warning, after that it's instant loss of computer bar his maths homework. It took some hard yards but 99% of the time he doesn't get up after bed any more
Okay, just an update on progress..
DD has been going to bed at 8:30 And coming out of her room to show me "something she's made for me" like seriously I appreciate the thought.. But was the thought there because you needed to come out of your room?!
ive told her I appreciate her thoughtfulness but if she wants to make me something she can show it to me in the morning. I felt mean, but it has to happen!
Sounds like you handled it really well. Caring but firm.
I don't know how I did it but, my kids had a bedtime of 7.30pm up until high school age. Then they were allowed to stay up later only if they were actually doing homework/ school assignments . I did dinner, bath teeth cleaned, story read, and then lights out. If they were good, I would allow an extra 10 mins of quite reading. Coming out of bed once the light was turned off, was met with a march back to bed. Sorry, I must have just not had a needy child. marie.
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