Teacher shares time they think kids should go to bed at night – depending on age

It will be a conundrum every parent will relate to – what time should their kids go to bed at night for them to be on top form the next day.

Indeed, just how much sleep is optimum for a child, depending on their age?

Well, the Mirror reports how one teacher just may have the answer to these questions that will have had parents scratching their heads up and down the country.

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The tutor in question shared a handy guide for parents showing the exact time children should go to bed depending on their age and what time they need to get up in the morning.

A seven-year-old, for instance, who needs to be up at 7am in the morning should go to bed at 8.15pm, while a 10-year-old getting up at 6.30am should be in bed by 8.30pm.

The post, which was shared by an educator from Wilson Elementary School, isn’t new, but has recently resurfaced on social media.

The helpful chart was first shared by Stacy Karlsen, who told Fox6Now she couldn’t believe the post went viral.

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She said: “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’.”

Some parents agreed with Stacy that the chart was a useful guide.

One mum claimed it “justified” the bedtimes she had already put in place for her little ones.

“I have four kids — and I catch a lot of flack for their bedtimes,” she explained.

“I started out setting their bedtime years ago based on how much sleep they need… Glad to see this chart justify the exact times we have already set.”

However, not everyone was quite so impressed with it. A different parent compared the rigid guidelines to being in the military.

She argued: “This isn’t the military and if I was to send my kids to bed at 7 at night they would be up at 4am. No thank you. Plus I would never get to spend time with them after school.”

Another commented: “I’m sorry, but this chart is absurd. Who puts their kid to bed at 6.45?”

Others thought that the bedtime rules should differ during certain months and depending on whether the child has had naps during the day.

Wherever you stand on the sleep chart, one thing is certain – bedtimes are a really divisive issue among parents.


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