People who know me personally know I put my kids to bed at 7pm every night, at the latest 7:30. While most people may think this is a bit early, yes there is still daylight outside, I have to do it. I don't budge!

Reasons you ask? 

1. Regardless of the time they got to bed my kids are awake by 6:30am the next day. I've been nice and let them stay up until 9 or 10 at times. They still were awake by 6:30am and by noon they were cranky and irritable due to the lack of sleep from the previous night.

2. By the end of the night I am exhausted and am in dire need of "me time". If I want to blog, watch a show, eat some snacks, this is when I do it! Also when Luis is not working this is when we spend quality time together.

3. Other than Josiah, the boys don't nap anymore. That means that the recommended amount of sleep for the boys needs to get met solely at night. View sleep chart here.

4. If I allow them to stay up late in the summer, winter break or any other break from school- it's twice as hard for Abram to get back to his routine once school begins. He will lay there for hours on end tossing and turning.

5. Routine is very important in the development of children. It is said that a regular bedtime routine helps children develop a good sense of security and self discipline. I notice if routine changes in my house (normally if we are adjusting to Luis' shift change), the kids get really fussy. They cry a lot before bed, get scared, need me to help them more with things they normally do on their own and even wake up in the middle of the night, more than once. 

Do you have a routine with your kids? Does it work well?
Share in the comments below! Thanks for reading.


  1. I think this is a very good practice. Even as an adult I think I should stick to a sleeping schedule.

    1. Yes, it is a good tactic for adults too! Thanks for reading!

  2. I am totally with you! My kids, and especially my son, strive and routine and the bedtime in our house is 7:30/8:00. They also pretty much will wake up at the same time no matter what so when they stay up late I'm in trouble!

  3. I agree a routine is definitely key! My kids get all out of whack when they don't get to bed on time, so I try to make sure to keep them on schedule most days! Great tips! :)

    1. Thank you, I am so glad I am not the only one who feels this way! Thanks for reading.

  4. I have to admit I definitely need to be more careful about bedtime because I stay up all the time without even realizing how late it is. So much work to do all the time! xx Adaleta Avdic

  5. I agree!!! my daughter is up at 6:30 or 7am as well no matter how late she goes to sleep...can't blame her she gets it from her mom...however I do find it hard to set her with a schedule she's going to be 8 now and we still fight for her to go to bed. definitely setting a routine with my second one to make sure we don't go down this same road in the future...it's easier to take an hour to get them to bed than to be up running around with them for 4 extra hours in the night


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