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Monday, March 17, 2008


Bedtime Stories

My son's been reading to himself at bedtime for years now. Every now and then he'll ask me to read something to him, but it's becoming increasingly rare.

I still read to my daughter, but she's slowly emulating her brother and asking to read by herself before turning off the light.

She'll frequently fall asleep with a book on her face and the light still on.

Her brother, however, is a different story. He never falls sleep while reading. Never. He'll read and read and read until I come in and stand there while he finds a bookmark and turns off the light.

Sometimes I forget and two hours go by before I think, "Oh no, I left that boy in bed with a book!!" Then I have to rush in there to remind him that he should've been asleep long before.

Well, it could be worse. But I do worry about the amount of sleep he gets, because no matter what time he finally falls asleep you can bet that he'll be awake at the same time every morning. Even on New Year's Eve, when I let the kids stay up 'til midnight, my son was up at his usual 7:30am.

Children need sleep. Lots of it. Mine have been averaging 10 or 11 hours a night since they were toddlers. Even now, at the ages of 9 and 6, I think they still need that amount.

When they're my age they can get by on 6 hours of sleep each night, but not now.


Blogger Melany aka Supermom said...

My boys sleep about 10 / 11 hours a night. Aged 7 and 5. I too think it's important for them to get enough sleep. It's great that he enjoys reading so much though

2:30 AM  
Blogger Ed (zoesdad) said...

I'm with you on the sleep. I just wish I could get the 10-11 hours, also.

5:25 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

We have identical kids, both the boys and girls. Mine are just a couple years behind.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Java said...

Our boys will get along real well, you just described my son. He will read and read and read and read and sneak a torch into his bed if he could get away with it too :-)
His sister rather cut and paste, sort of scrapbooking but not really in reading time, to my distress. We as parents lie for about 30 min before lights out and read too. Little man gets his mummy or daddy reading time still, he is still in love with Bambi and the butterfly, (thank you uncle Phil) :-)
My teenagers can't fall asleep before about 10 or 10:30 even though they go to bed AND lights out by 9:30, they get up around 7am if I leave my daughter on weekends she won't wake 'till 9am!!
Little man is a good sleeper too, 10h is his max.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I totally wish I could get more than 6 hours of sleep a night! Goober sleeps roughly 10 hours a night, Smiley--he's dead set in his 9 hours of sleep in a 24 hr. period.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Madeline Pierce said...

I'm 23 and I can still sleep like a teenager when I have the chance! I love sleeping a good 10-12 hours. Ahhh....

4:49 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

My kids get reading-in-bed time from eight to nine every night, and it's a nice quiet time for all of us. I frequently sit down with a book, then, too. Caleb doesn't technically read yet, but it's a hoot to linger outside the door and hear the yarns he spins for himself as he looks at the pictures.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

Ten hours of sleep per night is good for everyone.
The reading is great.
Keep it up.

6:44 PM  
Blogger JeanC said...

MMMMMMM, to be able to get that much sleep. Been a long time since I've been able to sleep a long time, even with sleep aids :(

Your son is like me, I won't take a book with me to bed as I WILL stay up and read all night. My hubby has no problems falling asleep while reading. In fact, he will fall asleep with the book on his face and the light still on LOL

5:38 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I don't feel good unless I get eight hours, but that's not the norm. Usually is 6 or 7. I remember before we had kids sleeping in until 10 or 11 on weekends. Now when my husband wakes me up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning I ask him why he let me sleep so late.

Don't worry about the reading in bed...all kids should do that!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

6 hours? That sounds great.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Fulmer Fam said...

OMG, I just did a flash forward of days to come and it made me appreciate the fact that I still am so needed (even though I know I sometimes really despise it) to be there in bed with mine. I need to remember this more, too soon it will be "Mom, could I get some time alone." By the way, I was the same way with reading and I only hope they will be as well, you gotta love the readers!

9:34 PM  
Blogger creative-type dad said...

I want to sleep 10-11 hours...

8:34 AM  

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