When do your kids go to bed?
My kids have a bedtime of 9 p.m. My husband does his fair share to help out. But still, we have Scout meetings and homework essays and clarinet practice to deal with.
Some nights, by the time we get teeth brushed, baths done, lunches made for the next day, bedtime books read and the lights out, we're closing in on 10 p.m. And then one of the boys will invariably ask for a bedtime story, too, so they're awake even later.
I have friends who tell me their kids are in bed by 7:30 p.m. -- and I wonder, how do you DO that? (I sometimes wonder if they're exaggerating so that the rest of us would feel bad about letting our kids stay up to watch the new episodes of Phineas and Ferb.) The Obamas still make their kids go to bed at 8 p.m. -- no matter what.
This New York Times column says most kids need between 9 and 10 hours of sleep each night. We shoot for that, but it's really difficult.
I’d love to know how you Mommas do it. Do you have a bedtime routine? We have a routine but it just maybe starts later. Do you have any special techniques for getting your kids headed off to Dreamland at the right time? How do you summon the Sandman for them -- especially when you're feeling sleep-deprived yourself?
-- Sherry Robinson