If dragging your children out of bed in time for school is nothing short of a nightmare, then you have your work cut out for you this evening.
It’s only five full days before the start of the dreaded (or eagerly-anticipated, depending who you ask) school year, and experts suggest starting your child’s school-night routine a few days early. This gives them time to ease into relaxing evening activities, less electronic stimulation and earlier bedtimes.
Despite how you might feel when you wake up in the morning, kids needs significantly more re-charge time. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that school-age children and their younger pre-school counterparts get at least 10 to 12 hours of snooze-time nightly. How many adults can only dream of getting so many hours of sleep?
So although it’s tempting to squeeze out the last few minutes of summer with the kids tonight, we promise you’ll thank yourself next week once the alarm goes off. And if you don’t believe us, just watch the clip above of a desperate mom trying to keep her twin boys in bed. Two words: sleep training.