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Summer Bed Time

Jacks bunk bed 1.jpgAs summer approaches and the number of school days remaining close in on single digits, I have started to think about our summer schedule and what that means for bed time. In years past there hasn’t been much of a change, but I am wondering if I will be able to get away with that this year.

My kids are early risers typically. Even if they are up two hours after bed time, they usually wake up around the same time. While this is fine on occasion, when we have consecutive late nights and early mornings fuses are much shorter. So, even in the summer I have tried to keep their usual bedtime close to our standard 8 p.m. That is harder when it still looks like the middle of the afternoon outside with the long days up here in the northwest, but we try.

Some of our friends totally change their bedtime routine in the summer, allowing their kids to stay up later and sleep in. Others keep the same schedule, because their kids usually wake up early no matter what time they go to bed. Then there are those that change locations, where kids who sleep in separate rooms during the school year decide to bunk up during the summer.

This will be the first summer with the new bunk beds and the first opportunity for the boys to choose to sleep in the same room. I have been thinking about offering this to them on weeks when we don’t have early camps, or on weekends.

I just am not sure what to do about the time question. Jim and I like having the evening after the kids go to bed to watch our TV shows and spend some time together, so letting them stay up regularly gets in the way of that. However, I also recognize that Jack is getting older and may be able to handle a bit later bedtime (now he is in bed at 8 and can read until 8:30).

In the end we probably will just keep a similar schedule and try to have them in bed on most nights not later than 8:30, but perhaps we won’t be as rigid as we are during the school year. And I will leave it up to the boys if they want to try sharing a room.

What are you going to do about summer bed time?

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  1. Steve Harrison says:

    This will get harder each year. Treat it like the summer solstice. Each day leading up, they get to add x minutes each day. This will have less impact on you and Jim, but gives them the big days at the peak. Maybe you aim for the 4th of July as that will always be kind of a late night. Then each night after loses time until they are back to normal when the school year commences!

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