It seems reasonable that coming on the heels of my last post I would be thinking, talking and writing about sleep.
Oh, blessed sleep.
But I’m not going to talk about my own need for sleep tonight. I’m going to talk about kids’ need for sleep. My kids “check in” their phones at night – they must be in the kitchen where I can easily find them. But based on the constant buzzing those phones emit throughout the late evening hours, there are a lot of kids who barely sleep at all.
Here’s a typical text string to my 12-year-old son (coming two hours after he’s hit the hay – and from a girl).
Hello, are u there?
Where r u?
Why don’t u answer?
Now I’m depressed.
Where r u!! Pick up please!!
I can’t sleep, where r u?
And it goes on. Good grief, girl. Get some self-esteem. And by the way, you can’t sleep because you’re GLUED TO YOUR PHONE.
My kids were good sleepers as young kids, and we’ve kept that discipline in their tweens and teens. My teens catch a very early bus and it’s a challenge to get to the bus stop even for the well-rested.
And something good has come from all that firm insistence that they go to bed at a decent time – they like (and protect) their sleep. They’re up later on the weekends, but weekdays they all turn in at a reasonable hour. Makes for easier mornings (and evenings) when your kids love to sleep.
So one of the best tips I can give you, as your kids grow, is demonstrate the value of a good night’s sleep – for yourself, and for them.
Good night, everyone…it’s time to put the A to Z Challenge to bed. Thanks for reading.
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