One question we’ve always struggled with is what time we should get our little ones to bed. Go to bed too early, and they goof off, get hyper and never get to sleep. Go to bed too late, and we’ve got grumpy tired kids who can barely make it through the day.
Both my wife and I work, so we want to maximize the time we get to spend with the littles. But we also want to make sure they’re getting the proper amount of sleep so they remain focused and energized for school. We’re definitely not alone.
Luckily, Wilson Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin has provided a little chart to help parents out. The chart is based on age and usual wake-up time.
For example, if you have a 5-year-old who has to wake up at 6:15 a.m., she should go to bed at 7:00 p.m. A 10-year-old who gets up at 6:15 could stay up until 8:15 p.m, however. This lines up with American Academy of Pediatrics’ sleep recommendations for kids, which say that kids ages 3-5 should get 10-13 hours of sleep whereas kids 6-12 are OK with 9-12.
This chart has been shared on Facebook over 400,000 times—and for good reason. We know getting enough rest is vital to our kids’ health, and one study found that putting kids to bed early can even make for a happier family overall.
What do you think? What time do you get your kids to bed?
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