Adorable photo by my friend Peajewel
It's a simple, great question, and on this one it's easy to forget that every mom really does bedtime differently. My 5-year-old is in bed between 8:30 and 9 (which still feels late to me but I can't figure out how to get him down earlier). If it were up to him though, it would probably be 11 o'clock at night.
Between him and his younger brother, at least two nights a week bedtime is fought tooth and nail. Somebody is invariably, hungry, thirsty, angry, sad, scared, you name the emotion. It seems like once a kid decides he doesn't want to go to sleep, he'll come up with anything and everything as a reason why he can't.
Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night of sleep, but experts
agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night, says kidshealth.org.
Here's how they explain why this important to kids, and I think it's a kick a** script--one I totally plan on hijacking for the next time I have to make my case about why bedtime is not the enemy:
Now go to sleep! What time is bedtime for your kids between 5 and 12?