Is it just me or are extracurricular activities wreaking havoc on your child’s sleep schedule? Our kids have a pretty strict 7 PM bedtime schedule, so we have been a bit shocked with the time schedules for 6 year olds’ sports activities.
My oldest is a soccer nut. His goal in life is to play in the World Cup, and he spends hours each day practicing “his moves” against himself. He is dedicated. He plays fall and spring ball, but has asked to also play in the winter recreation league this year.
We said, “Okay” and then looked at the practice times. These little guys practice until 8:30 PM on a school night. That means it is 9:30 or so before these kids are in bed. Is this a normal bedtime for kids? My guys can still take a nap on non-school days, so the thought of staying out late really makes me question his participation.
The boys usually don’t fuss too much when we say it is time to go to bed, and we rarely do the prolonged “I need water – I’m hungry – Why is the world round” song and dance that so many of my friends have to get through before they can have a few quiet moments to themselves in the evenings. For full disclosure, there IS something about laying down at night that makes them both realize that they need to poop – luckily they are self-sufficient with that whole process.
So over my 9+ year love affair with Netflix (yes, we were using Netflix way before anyone we knew used Netflix), I have come to acknowledge that this company understands its customers. I have also realized that Netflix is really good at adding elements to their subscription services that make it nearly impossible for me to envision ever (and I really do mean EVER) breaking up with them.
You see, Netflix has done it yet again. They created 5-minute “shows” so when you child begs you for “one more show” before bed, you can indulge them without giving up too much.
What excuses do your kids use when they are stalling their bedtime?