Not every household is the same. Not all parents are the same. Not every child is the same.
Since we homeschool, it allows our kids to stay up later so I can get some time with them. We usually have the kids in bed before 11pm but C1 and C3 are night owls. C2 no matter what will be out by 10:30pm even if he had a late nap, he will be out at that time for sure. C4, well he changes his sleep pattern sometimes. But it's nice to have the kids up late. If they went to bed earlier times like a lot of the standing school kids did, then I would hardly ever see them.
I know some parents work crazy hours like me and still don't get to see their kids. Some parents who work weird job schedules and have the kids going to sleep early amaze me. I know work those schedules because they have to, but I couldn't do it. Work those hours and not see the kids when I got home. Yeah its crazy, loud, and the kids wear me out in just a few hours but that is my kids time and I have no other time with them during the week.
One local radio personality last week tweeting about her two year old being ready for bed at 7pm and that is when I had to ask her if it was from her crazy early radio station schedule or her babies age, and for her it was the babies age. Time staggered from parents I talk to on twitter. Some from having to be ready for a daycare or a bus stop. Some who just wake up early like 6am so they go to bed early. I did talk to one parent in twitter who said even though her husband works full time and has a music career too, he works some long hours and the kids still go to bed early. I couldn't do that, it would drive me to tears. I couldn't imagine working that long and hard and even loving what I do, yet be away from the kids that much.
I already miss breakfast and dinner with the family and I am really jealous of those that get to eat with their kids. I know that the breakfast-dinner table can be crazy at times, but I love those times. I sit here and think about the funny conversations and looks and just miss it.
It makes me think if parents missing out on certain children's activities and time with the kids is a reason that some of them homeschool. Giving those parents and kids more time together when one of the parents might work extended hours.
What is the reason behind your child's bedtime?
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