Zaphod and Trillian are mad, mad mad – and I can’t say that I don’t blame them.
They are getting to the age where they are easily embarrassed, especially about their home life. And last night, it came to a head at church, over a subject that has been a point of contention in our household, almost from the moment we brought Zaphod home from the airport.
Our kids have an incredibly ridiculous, unreasonable bedtime.
They are sent to bed at 8pm Central. 8:30 in the summertime.
Keep in mind, they are not 4 and 5, they are 10 and 11 years old.
Last night, we were rushing to get home from church to get the kids in bed, and we got the funniest looks from other parents, and even funnier looks from the children in the room. There were 6 year olds who said their bedtime was 9 or later. My kids were mortified.
Lintilla is absolutely adamant about not changing the bedtime, though. And, what’s funny is that she has science on her side. Children Zaphod and Trillian’s ages need 10-11 hours of sleep a night.
It’s funny – Lintilla gets absolutely frustrated with me when I adhere to the speed limit on the interstate, although I am being passed by every other car on the road, even those driven by little old ladies. This is a similar situation.
NOBODY makes their kids get the recommended amount of sleep anymore. Except us. We send our kids to bed before dark this time of year.
Here’s the thing: I know that our lights out policy at home is partially responsible for our kids’ incredible grades and test scores. But, I’m afraid the kids are approaching an age where grades are far less important than peer approval. I know that Lintilla and I have to be the adults, and ignore peer pressure, doing what’s best for our kids.
However, I think totally ignoring their peer group is a recipe for disaster down the road. We have to walk a fine line. Plus, they feel we treat them like ‘babies” and are not letting them “be” their age. Even if “being their age” means getting less than the recommended amount of sleep per night.
I’m wondering if we’re doing the right thing, or being entirely unreasonable.
What time do your kids get in bed? If they are older, what time did you send them to bed when they were around 10 or 11? Do you think they get/got enough sleep?