This Totally Unrealistic Bedtime Chart Has Parents Everywhere LOLing

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Anyone who has kids knows putting them to bed is super easy. Ha. Just kidding. Putting kids to bed is a literal sh*tshow, and that's why parents are cracking up over this viral kids' "bedtime chart" that was clearly written by someone who's never met a child.

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The chart, shared on Facebook by Creative Child magazine, breaks down what time kids should go to bed based on their age. For example, a 10-year-old should go to bed at 9 p.m., which sounds fairly reasonable. And a 2-year-old should apparently go to bed at 7:00 p.m., which would be lovely, but, um, that's not happening.


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The chart has been shared almost 10,000 times, mostly by parents like me who would love to get their children in bed on time but can't because life is chaotic and also have you ever met a child? Last night I put my 3-year-old to bed at 7:15, and he finally fell asleep two hours later, after getting out of bed every five minutes to ask for milk and complain that he didn't want to go to sleep.

So, like me, some people are laughing just because kids are impossible to put to bed.

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But others have brought up very valid points about how difficult it is to actually follow advice like this when you have a complicated work schedule, multiple children, a long commute, or even just things to do (hello, homework) besides race home and immediately go to sleep.

Do we want our kids to be well rested? Of course. But we'd also like traffic during our commutes to stop being terrible, dinner to stop taking so damn long to cook, a few more hours in the day to spend with our babies, and for said babies to please (please!) just go the f*ck to sleep. As with all things, these recommendations are a great goal to strive toward, but take them with a grain of salt.

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