Mom Confession: My Kids Go to Bed After Midnight


mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I have three kids under three, and we all go to bed after midnight and wake up at 11 a.m. the next day.


Does it matter when toddlers go to sleep each night?

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Do you believe in traditional sleep hours for toddlers? Is there any harm in letting a toddler keep teenager hours? Is there any reason you could think of that would make this wrong?

We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to these brave moms for sharing their honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

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I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It



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monke... monkeyberry

bow downCouldn't have said it better!!!

Momma... MommaTasha1003

My dd natural is a night person, she comes by it natural though, Ive been the same way all my life as well.. She is 2 & its a special occasion (to me &dh) if she goes to sleep before 10pm. But I wont quit trying to get her on a earlier schedule! I DO think it is important to sleep & wake with the rest of the world. To much day is waisted if you sleep after 10 / 11 am. (dd ussually wakes up ay 9pm. Id prefer us to wake aroudn 7am)

proud... proud2Bmomma

I just can't imagine being happy doing that.  By the time 8 PM rolls around INEED my kids to go to bed.  I've been home with them all day.  I'm exhausted.  I need some quiet.  I need some time alone with my husband.  I would be miserable if I didn't have SOME time during the day that I was kid free!!!!!

And I do feel it isn't a "real life" schedule.  I would think that a child who is accustomed to staying up that late would have a very difficult time adjusting to a school schedule once they hit Kindergarten.  Maybe not.  But that is what I'm imagining.

liz1974 liz1974

It is ridiculous for children to be up that late.  No matter what anyone says - it will be a nightmare to change that HABIT one day because it is not a matter of a "sleep pattern"  - it is a lifestyle.  But you don't have to take my word for it - you'll see.

babys... babysyoungmom1

mine goes to sleep after 12.shes two

usmom3 usmom3

I have a 15y/o a 5y/o & a 3y/o & there bedtime is 12:30am .  We home school & my hubby doesn't get home until after 10:30 at night & doesn't have to be at work until 1:00pm in the afternoon so we are on his schedule. It works for us & my kids get to have breakfast & dinner everyday with their Dad. I think you have to do what works for you & your family & that is what is right not what others thinks is the right way.

Kenda... KendallsMommee

My 2 year old DD is in bed, asleep, by 6 pm. No exceptions. She doesn't nap during the day so this works for all of us. Whatever works for YOU, do it. As long as the LO's are getting enough sleep.

madam... madamekatekate

Totally depends on the family!

For a few months my daughter stayed up until 2am and slept until noon. Since that really was taking it's toll on all of us, I started changing her schedule. She's down around 10-11 each night and up between 8-10 in the morning. I am trying to get her to bed a little earlier because I have a new baby coming in July.

But really...If there's nowhere to be, what's the point? Sure, you'll have to change their schedule once they start school but this woman has got about 2 years gor that, I think she'll manage!


boizmom boizmom

My boys are 2 and 4.  They go to bed each night at 7 and are up around 6:45 the next morning.  Our family strives on schedules...especially my kids.  They cannot stay up much past 7, otherwise they are really cranky.  My 4 yo goes to school 5 days a week so he has to have a "real world" schedule.

denis... denise0711

Some kiddos need stricter schedules and some dont. When Hubby worked nights, I let kids stay up later when they were lil so he could sleep in morning when I went to work. As the children grew up, this became an issue for their schooling so we had to readjust their bedtimes. My youngest goes to bed now at 9 and sleeps til 9 the next matter what. My kids were all good sleepers and never gave me trouble going to bed in their own beds. Guess I was blessed there. The only time things got whacked was when one was each his/her own though....whatever works as long as kids are happy, and safe and healthy...

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