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    Hello amazing mommies!

    Okay, so this has nothing to do with classically educating special needs kiddos.....but we talk often here about time management, how to get it done, deal with behaviors, etc. And I've been pondering this "sleep" issue the past couple months ever since a private convo with Cheryl at Sodalitas. That triggered in me yet another revelation....whatever happened to my "to-bed-on time-at-all-costs approach"? Life! Yes, life got in the way. And the fact that, surely, since my boys are older now, they'll go to bed later. Ha!

    Some of us may very well have kiddos who just need an early bedtime no matter what. I have one kid who has always struggled to get the sleep he needs, ever since babyhood. He was the child that drove me to buy and study the baby sleep books. My favorite was 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child' by Dr. Marc Weisbluth. https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Sleep...y+sleep+habits

    The older version I had was one of the worst books I've ever read from an editing standpoint. But I turned to it over and over for encouragement and advice. His premise: Sleep begets sleep. My 15 year old has consistently been getting to bed "late" all summer. By late I mean 9 to 9:30. HA! So many teens are in bed between 10 and 11, or later! My younger son has always gone to bed, fallen asleep right away, and will sleep as long as his body needs it. He'll compensate if he's tired and sleep in.

    Anyway, with a new school year upon us I'm rethinking everything and going back to the drawing board. And I want to just put the idea out there to you to really research how much sleep your kids need. Experts say some teens still need up to 10 hours of sleep! We are working on inching that bedtime up earlier and earlier this week for my teen. But what does this mean for us as a family? It means to draw the line on what we'll do, how much, how often, etc. We're beating to a different drum here. We've got to have some boundaries. And that means we just can't take things on, do everything, go everywhere, etc. I'm finding such freedom as I ponder this these past several weeks.

    For any of you in research mode and trouble-shooting "issues", I can't recommend highly enough to consider evaluating your kids' sleep.

    Warmly,

    SusanP in VA
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    I love this! I also read (studied/memorized) that same sleep book when my oldest was a non-sleeping baby. To this day we still place WAY more importance on sleep than almost any family I know. My girls are about to be 6 and 7, and they go to bed at 7:30 and wake up between 6:30 and 7. It does mean that we have to say no to a lot of evening activities, but we believe it is worth it. My oldest has some sensory needs, and we find that quiet evenings at home and plenty of sleep help keep her regulated. In the country where we live, it is common for small children (babies and toddlers included) to stay up until 10 or 11, even on a school night. We take a lot of heat for our choices but happy kids and happy Mama make it worth it
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    My kids are 9, 7, 5 and 16 months and they all go to bed by 8, latest. We shoot for 7:30. And no one is allowed downstairs until 7AM (except the baby, of course). We are strict about sleep! This means we haven't had a nightlife in about 10 years, but hey -- we're old. Where'd we go anyway?
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    Sleep is huge for us too. The boys (8, 11, 13 and 14) are in bed at 8:30 with only quiet reading/drawing allowed in the living room before-hand and the girls (2, 5, 7) are in bed between 7 and 7:30. We let them read until 8. If we don't do this, the 2 and 7 year olds will wake up at 5am; as it is, they wake up every day at 5:47 on. the. dot.

    Several years ago, I told a friend that we always went to Christmas Mass instead of Midnight Mass because our kids couldn't handle losing sleep. She looked at me like I was crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen1134 View Post
    Sleep is huge for us too. The boys (8, 11, 13 and 14) are in bed at 8:30 with only quiet reading/drawing allowed in the living room before-hand and the girls (2, 5, 7) are in bed between 7 and 7:30. We let them read until 8. If we don't do this, the 2 and 7 year olds will wake up at 5am; as it is, they wake up every day at 5:47 on. the. dot.

    Several years ago, I told a friend that we always went to Christmas Mass instead of Midnight Mass because our kids couldn't handle losing sleep. She looked at me like I was crazy!
    We haven't been to Midnight Mass since before we had kids!
    My first three kids were EARLY risers (like 445AM-wide-awake-early-risers). The baby, at least, sleeps in until 730.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen1134 View Post

    Several years ago, I told a friend that we always went to Christmas Mass instead of Midnight Mass because our kids couldn't handle losing sleep. She looked at me like I was crazy!
    I think people who take small children to midnight Mass are the crazy ones! . I have several friends that do!

    I too, have read the Weissbluth book, happiest baby on the block and Ferber.....we still have sleep issues. Since they are scattered, I believe there is something medical, but I can't figure it out. I can usually get 2-3 nights a week of solid sleep. The kids take turns then waking up! Grrrrrr
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