Teacher shares time children should be in bed depending on what age they are

From piecing together the perfect bedtime routine to figuring out exactly what time your child should go to bed, parenting would not be parenting without a lot of trial and error.

However, for parents who have spent a lot of time thinking about the intricacies of their children’s sleeping pattern, this needn’t be the case.

Thanks to a viral social media post, days of grumpy children and chaotic bedtimes could be a thing of the past.

A teacher has shared an easy chart that shows the precise time children between five and 12 should go to bed based on their age and what time they wake up in the morning.



Figuring out your child's sleeping pattern is a difficult task
Figuring out your child’s sleeping pattern is a difficult task

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Though the post was originally shared back in 2015, the chart has resurfaced online and has sparked the debate about children’s bedtimes all over again.

For example, a nine year old who has a wake-up time of 6am should go to bed at 7.30pm.

But for each half an hour that bedtime is delayed, the child’s wake-up time should also be delayed by 15 minutes.



A teacher shared a handy bedtime chart
A teacher shared a handy bedtime chart

As a result, if the same nine year old was to have a different wake-up time of 6.15am, they should be in bed by 8pm.

While some parents praised the chart for helping establish a regular sleeping pattern for their children, others were more critical.

“My kids have always had bedtimes along the lines of this chart and got good grades in school and almost never more than a sniffle. There is definitely some good advice here,” one user wrote.



The post has divided social media users
The post has divided social media users

Another added: “In a perfect world, yes. But not every child is the same nor can alot of parents follow this because of lifestyle.”

Meanwhile one Facebook user explained: “Parenting is a job, don’t we wish a chart could be the end all tool to making it work. [smiley face] Parenting just requires you to really know your child and making judgment calls that fit them as their needs require.”

Speaking of the post, Stacey Karlsen, who first shared the image, told Fox6Now at the time that the chart had taken her “school by storm”.



Not everyone is on board with the bedtime chart
Not everyone is on board with the bedtime chart

She explained: “To me, it was a shock [that the post was shared so much]. I didn’t make it up. I found it coming across my personal page and I thought, ‘Wow, this is super helpful’.”

And while it has divided the Internet, since being posted seven years ago, the post has been shared 460,000 times and has received over 64,000 likes.

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