We all know the saying “early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.” It seems like a logical enough statement, and I believe this applies to children too. Getting a good nights’ rest is important to help you get through your day feeling energized and rested so you can take on the challenges of life.
So how important is getting to bed nice and early?
Well, for starters, most toddlers and pre-schoolers are on a schedule, with activities and playdates and outings in the mornings, or they need to be up and ready to go with you when you run errands. If they have to wake up early, it only makes sense that they get to bed early too.
Even if kids have less scheduled lives, this doesn’t mean it’s healthy for them to go to bed at 11 and sleep in until noon. Here’s why:
It’s so important to keep your child’s early bedtime stable and consistent. You can make an exception now and then, of course. For example, on a trip to Disneyland with my children it was totally worth it to keep them up to see the fireworks. That created a priceless memory. But keeping them up late happens very rarely, because I know that sleep is so important to their overall health. You cannot “make up” for lost sleep over the weekend by getting your kids to bed on time or a little earlier on Sunday night. It may take them all week to catch up and they will suffer for it.
The truth is, the rest of the world gets up early and when your child starts going to school and then to college and then gets a job, getting up early will just be a fact of life. Going to bed early should be one too.
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