How To Get Your Kids Back On The School-Sleeping Schedule

Tips to get your kids ready for 'early to bed and early to rise'!

Credit: Erica Jackson
Credit: Erica Jackson
Ah, summer time.

Stay up late! It's light out and there's no better time to enjoy the summer than those cooler evenings. And when it gets dark, chase fireflies, star gaze, have a sleepover.

Why not? You can sleep in the next morning, right.

And then school starts, and everyone is off schedule and off kilter and CRANKY.

We asked local Patch readers on Facebook how they transition their kids from all-bets-are-off summer sleep schedules to -go-to-bed-it's-a-school-night routines. Here's what they had to say:

Mel Hall: 2 weeks before school starts in 10 min increments.

Terri Scofield Over about a 2 week period with the aid of a paper calendar.

Dorothy Straus 2 weeks before school starts start making bed time and wake up time earlier!

Marty Knott Snow: With difficulty!

George Stephens don't have to my kids spend their summer productively not sleeping.

Amanda Allen Darragh A week before school starts I wake them up at 7 & get them to bed by 9:30.

Jameson Jacob I remember when I was little. I wasn't allowed to stay up all hours just cuz it was summer.

Jay Adam First half of August = 9:30; Second half of August = 9:00; School = 8:30.

Peggy Nichols English 3 weeks before school starts, only so I can get used to getting up at 5.30 am.

And here's some advice from some experts:

Gradually reintroduce earlier bedtimes: Work towards getting your pre-teen to bed by 8:30. That gives them 30 minutes to fall asleep and 10 hours to sleep by the time they have to get up at 7:00 a.m. If they need to get up earlier, they should go to bed earlier as well. For teens, aim for a 9:00 p.m. bedtime—which means no more late-night TV watching.

Look Beyond Bedtime: “If we approach sleep appropriately," Family psychologist David Swanson, author of HELP-- My Kid is Driving Me Crazy,  says, "we look at a kid’s whole day. If you want your kids back to sleep on time, have dinner at a set time and limit the computer, TV, and video game time,” he says. “You’re not just trying to get them back to bed, but into a routine.”

Turn off electronics: To help your kids wind down, all electronics — TV, video games, computers, and cell phones — should be shut off an hour earlier. 

Be a role model: Set a good example for your child. Establish your own regular sleep cycle and maintain a home that promotes healthy sleep.

Now it's your turn? How do you get your kids to get back in the school sleep routine? Comment below.
Conservative Underground August 02, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Why would you ever let your child get off schedule to begin with...lazy parents.


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