A viral post about bedtimes has hit a parental nerve.
Tucking your school-age child into bed should be the sweetest part of your day—but for many families, enforcing bedtimes can be a major battle.
Perhaps that’s why this Facebook post about optimal bedtimes from Wilson Elementary School in Kenosha, WI, has hit a major nerve: It’s been shared more than 435,000 times, with more than 10,000 commenters debating about the practicality of those numbers. Is it really possible to get a 12-year-old in bed by 9 p.m. (the suggested bedtime if he has to wake up at 6:45 a.m. for school)? If a working parent doesn’t come home until after 6 p.m., how can she get her five-year-old fed, bathed, and ready for bed by 7 p.m.? And even it it’s possible, how can they squeeze in any quality time together?
We asked parenting expert Deborah Gilboa, MD, author of Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being the Parent You Hate! for some words of bedtime advice: