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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RanaA... RanaAurora

Our kids are in the age bracket that should receive anywhere from 10 to 13 hours of sleep, and they get it, because we make sure they do. It's been proven that children who receive the appropriate amount of sleep concentrate better, can learn things easier, etc. So why would I deprive my children of something that is beneficial to them in so many ways? They are kids, not adults, and they should be in the bed at a reasonable hour. ITellItLikeItIe

Um, just because someone's kiddo goes to bed later than yours doesn't mean they're getting enough sleep. ;)

jemm jemm

You sound like me, except I only have the one. Now is the time I will have to get her on a schedule, school is here in a few more months. Personally, it worked for us because daddy's a chef and was always home after 10 or 11. I just hate when it's 8 or 9 and I'm making a quick trip to the store, and someone goes "Ohhh, isn't it past her bedtime???" and I just reply, "Oh, she has insomnia. She probably only sleeps a good 4 hours." or something like that, just to throw them off. Ha.

clovi... clovismommy25

We have ours on a go to bed around 1 or 2 in the morning, get up around 12 or 1 in the afternoon. But since my ds is going to start preschool in august, we are going to get him on a "normal" schedule.


Personally I feel that kids need a normal sleep schedule.  I know for us, we plan activities for the kids during the morning and late afternoon after naptime, before dinner, we couldnt do half the activities we do if they were sleeping half the day.  They are in bed by 7 and up by 730am at the latest. 

s.teph s.teph

My kid sets the schedule. I try to keep it within a normal time range, just because it's easier that way, but he often gets WAY off track anyhow. We keep trying to correct it but he always flips right back to his old schedule anyways. I'm a SAHM mom at the moment so it's not a huge deal, but it is something that is frustrating and makes dr.s appointments difficult, or weekend excursions etc.

s.teph s.teph

Honestly I never understood what people expect you to do.. if they're awake then they're awake and that's the end of it. You can't MAKE a toddler or a baby go to sleep. It just doesn't happen. Believe me I've spent many nights sitting in a completely dark room in silence thinking it was just a battle of wills and I was determined to be stronger.. 2 hours later, and a toddler who had 2 more hours of gymnastics practice.. I gave up. He was no closer to sleep than he was before. The only thing it did was succeed in almost putting me to sleep waiting for him to pass out. If your kid is awake what are you supposed to do? Drug them? Whack them with a hammer like they do on cartoons? Honestly.....???

Britt... Brittainy412

When I worked at a gas station and DH worked 3rd shift Our son often stayed up til Midnight.  Bottom line if I am not getting off of work until 12-1.  By the time I unwound it would be 2, I have a hard time getting to sleep so it would be at least 3 before I was asleep, I do not want my son getting up at 6 or 7 in the moring.

But Now that I do more first shift stuff he has a regular bedtime and is up at 7.  It took a week or so of consistency.  AS long as we were consistent he got there.

prett... prettymama0607

my son is 15 months we go to bed anywhere from10 ( sometimes even later) and wake each morning anywehre from around 9 a.m-

Fallaya Fallaya

To each her own I suppose...but there's no way in Hell I'd allow my 9 month old daughter to stay up till midnight!  She goes to bed at 7:15pm every night, and when she goes to bed I finally get some "Me Time"!! 

Fallaya Fallaya

And of course you can't MAKE a tot go to sleep, but you can PUT THEM TO BED!  Trust me, their little bodies will get adjusted to going to bed earlier if you take the time to work with them. 

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