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Hi my kids are 10, 15 and 17
During the hols they have to be out of the way by 11. My youngest will go straight to bed but the 2 boys can stay up longer on the XBoX, laptop etc if they want.
But defInately all out of the way by 11 at the latest. Posted via Mobile Device
midnight? sweet deal for them, they must be real tired in the morning? (I guess that's the point if you have summer off too).
My 5 year old's is still "8:00pm" year round but I doubt that has actually happened except 2 or 3 times, by 8:30 he's in bath, pj's by 9:00 and hopefull asleep by 9:30... problem is this time of year where I live it's still light out at 10:00pm - he used to argue it was too soon since it wasn't even dark.
On days when our 11 yr old will have camp the next morning, we'll probably make it 9:30 or 10pm for bedtime.Beyond that, I haven't really thought about it. Maybe 10:30, knowing he'll turn off the light around 11?
When my son was younger, he pretty much kept the same bedtime year round. Now that he's older, he doesn't have a bedtime unless it's a school night or something else is going on that he needs to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for in the morning. If it started getting out of hand - like if he started sleeping in til 2pm every day - I'd step in. We've never had that problem, though. I'm happy as long as he gets adequate sleep (a teen needs more of it than a 9-year-old) and his circadian rhythm resembles a human's more than a bat's.
I don't remember having a Summer bedtime as a kid - so I've tended to be very leniant in that department.
Also, the kids haven't really had many activities or structure during the summer. I have to get up and go to work - but last summer, Mom (my Ex) would usually sleep half the day anyway...
I never had a summer or holiday bedtime either. My parents were notoriously strict, but they didn't believe in sending kids to bed early when they had no school the next day.
Sometimes my dad would forget that it was summer and ask us how we were going to get up for school the next day, when he noticed we were up late. "Daddy, it's July." "Oh yeaaah. Sorry. Carry on."