Erin Stewart: Are your children getting to bed early enough?

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  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Jan. 11, 2018 3:35 p.m.

    Before answering the question posed at the end, a moment of skeptical laughter. However helpful or recommended these amounts of sleep might be (if one wanted half their childhood or a third of their teenage lives spent sleeping), they are hysterically unrealistic. While the example of my sister-in-law, who calculated she averaged 2 hours a night throughout high school -- between honors classes, music, athletics, working, seminary, church, service projects, active social life, etc -- did seem extreme, know that my wife, myself, our children probably didn't get much more than 4 or 5 hours even in middle school or later elementary school.

    But the answer to the question is two-fold. First, there are things to battle/face-off with your kids about (only so much), and bedtimes are not one of them. So second, as my parents did, we did as well. Go to bed whenever you want. But here's when you're getting up (varied). You are "responsible" for getting sleep (naps, night) as you will be thoroughout your life.

    Last point -- this is not the same as boundaries over quiet time or time limits for "do not disturb the adults." Family prayer is a handy demarcation.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    Yes, but what I want to know is this: How early should adults be getting to bed? Or is that only an issue for the youth?