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Do you ever let your kids stay up REALLY late? Or do they go to bed at the same (early!) time each night?

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When I babysat the other night (Friday) My 7 year old granddaughter has a real tear burst! that tomorrow was Saturday!....and my heart melted, so yes she stayed up till after 11p.m. till she fell asleep.Same for her 5 yr old brother.
Both were watching cartoons in their parents bed.

Seeing as Mum and Dad will need the extra time to sleep in the morning....it was a good move on my part.
Normally, if a school night....both are in bed by 9pm.at the latest.

Not a good idea on the whole, there are times I feel children do need to get a huge bonus, just to show grown ups are not being 'mean', as they say they are.
Then it can be a point of reference for future issues, with the child.
My 3 year old has been fighting bed time recently and we decided that it was just easier for everyone to leave it be and let her play quietly until she is ready to go to bed. So she hasn't been going to sleep until after 11pm most nights over the last few weeks. It's really annoying as it means that she will sleep in but the baby doesn't so that's no real help! We've had some big changes in routine recently so we think that is the reason she's not keen on going to sleep. I make sure she gets a nap during the day and a good balance of quiet time and active time to help wear her out.
That is how I was brought up. Afternoon naps and then we could stay up a bit at night. No harm done. I am very fit, LOL .
by Amber
My 13 and 15 year olds will stay up until 11pm on weekends, but weeknights will go to bed around 9.30. While my 8 yr old usually goes to bed 8pm and 9-30 on school nights.
We have quite a strict bedtime routine here, my son is in bed by 7pm and asleep by 7.30pm. This is important for him, as he won't nap in the day and wakes up horribly early most mornings, and it's also important for me for various health reasons. We have had a few phases where it's been difficult but by and large we've stuck to the routine and got through. We've also found it helpful with all the disruption over recent months (moving house and country, bereavements, Daddy away on a lot of business trips, cat being seriously ill....) to have one solid routine that never changed.
The only time he isn't asleep by normal bedtime is if, once in a blue moon he does fall asleep in the afternoon, and then it's anyone's guess when he will go to sleep and the next day is a write-off for both of us :(
Though having said that, I've just remembered we let him stay up late to watch the fireworks on Bonfire Night.... it was 8pm by the time we got home, so he was probably an hour late going to sleep. Once in a while it does no harm and I knew about it in advance, so made sure I had nothing planned for the next day.
I will allow my kids to stay up late on weekends. I may also allow them late nights during the weekdays if they slept during the day time and had problems sleeping at bedtimes.
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