What Your Kid's Bedtime Says About You

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kid asleep on feetSome of us parents watch the clock, and when it strikes a certain time, the kids must be in bed. Others, well, don't follow schedules at all. What works for one family isn't always going to work for another, and since it's up to the parents on what time their kids should go to bed based on whatever their lifestyle is, then there is no "wrong" time for a kid to go to bed, now is there? Kids could most certainly not get enough sleep and that's not healthy for them, but maybe the families who let their kids go to bed super late just have a bit of the vampire in them and everyone sleeps 'til noon.

We shouldn't judge, but for the sake of some laughs we can make some assumptions. Because what time your kid goes to bed really does say a lot about you.

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If you put your kid to bed at 6 p.m. or earlier, you are the most punctual parent around. Some call you anal, but they secretly envy you. When you say dinner is ready at 4:45, you mean 4:45 on the dot. You probably have a nice savings account, too, since you always get the early bird specials. You have no problem watching Breaking Bad as it airs because your little one is already deep in the dream state. Lucky. Maybe some of us need to learn a little from you.

If you put your kid to bed around 7 to 8 p.m., you might be one of those counting the minutes kind of parent. You are also probably no TV parent and your kids think yogurt is ice cream. You are a morning person and wake up in the bed moods (or with the strongest coffee). Your kids are never late for school.

If you put your kid to bed around 8 to 9 p.m., you might be one of those natural parents. You play classical music at bedtime, probably of the Baby Mozart variety, and maybe still nurse your older child down to sleep. You aren't worried about everything. Your kid just kind of naturally is ready for bed around 8:30. You seem to have this parenting gig totally under control but in the most effortless way. You might also be French.

If you put your kid to bed around 9 to 11 p.m., you are most likely liberals and your family enjoys a lot of take-out because no one likes to cook. Your kids might even be hooked on some of your favorite shows and you watch them together. There's no "you can't eat that since it's late" kind of talk either. You are the house every kid wants to have a sleepover at.

If you put your kid to bed after 11 p.m., you are really an anything goes kind of parent and some think you are absolutely off your rocker. 

Not me though -- I'm of the mindset that whatever works for your family works!

What time do you put your kids to bed? Do you agree?

 

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miche... micheledo

Ha ha!!  We put our kids to bed between 7 and 8 p.m.  Some nights I am counting the minutes.  I am NOT a night person, and I would be a morning person if I could get some sleep.  I am usually in my best mood in the morning, or after coffee.  I would LOVE to be a no TV mom, but haven't made it there yet.  That is a continual work in progress.  I'm rarely late, but we homeschool.  And my kids do know what ice cream is - a RARE treat.  But they think frozen bananas blended with milk is a milk shake (Try it - it's wonderful!!)


Conclusion: You just about nailed it for me!

Katha... Katharine205

Nope, missed me by a mile.  My daughter goes to bed at 7 because she has to be up at 6:30 for school (she's 5, she needs her beauty sleep or her attitude is pretty ugly), but I am not under any circumstances a morning person.  I would happily sleep til 9 every morning if I could and not go anywhere until after lunch.  My kid watches plenty of tv and she not eats actual ice cream, she knows every flavor (and she's still at a healthy weight and hasn't grown a third head yet, imagine that) and has it on a regular basis.  She has yet to be late for school though, I do believe in getting her to school on time.

cassi... cassie_kellison

If you put your kid to bed around 7 to 8 p.m., you might be one of those counting the minutes kind of parent.  thats all that got right there. Who puts their kids to bed at 6! It's still light out!

poshkat poshkat

We put ds to bed between 8 and 9. We make sure everything is done before 8 so he and dh can have time to play or talk. It's very scheduled and on time because ds needs a routine

307mama 307mama

My little guy naturally goes to sleep at 7:30. And we don't have tv and we don't eat dairy.

2teen... 2teens2LOs

If you put your kid to bed around 8 to 9 p.m., you might be one of those natural parents. You play classical music at bedtime, probably of the Baby Mozart variety, and maybe still nurse your older child down to sleep. You aren't worried about everything. Your kid just kind of naturally is ready for bed around 8:30. You seem to have this parenting gig totally under control but in the most effortless way. You might also be French.


not french, but other than that, its pretty right on :)

nonmember avatar Cynthia

Have to say that none of them nailed us! We're a great blend of them all. And as for the comment of who puts their kid(s) to bed at 6pm? Depends on the kids and the ages! My almost 5 year old goes to bed at 6pm and has to be up and on the go by 7am. She is also one of those kids who will not stop all day if she can help it. Everyone is different and I really hate trying to shove anyone into a preconceived mould.

nonmember avatar Christie

See I'm a tricky case, because my kids (4 and 8) put themselves to sleep between 7:30 and 8:30. But that's only due to the sleep training during the early years. It was always 9pm on weeknights 10 or whenever they collapse on weekends. School and playing outside tend to tire them out plenty they crash out on their own. One night DD was about 4 and I thought she was playing in the living rm I started yelling for her to come up to bed and she came in my room rubbing her eyes saying "what mommy, I'm trying to sleep" I felt so bad waking her up to go to bed, lol

MomTo... MomToovey

Awww, what about those of us who put their kids to bed between 9-10? We were left out! :)

Choco... Chocodoxies

Well, that totally nailed who we were. Right down to yogurt for ice cream and coffe in the morning. My daughter is NEVER late for school, and she never goes to bed later than 7:30. 7:00 is her bedtime, if I put her to bed she hits the sheets right at 7:00. If my husband puts her to bed, 7:30. 

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