I'm curious . . .

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 10:22am
In our home during the school year, we have a regular bedtime of 9p for Sean. He had it upgraded from 8:30p about a month or so before school ended ;-). For the first week or so of summer break, I kept him on his usual schedule - now I've gotten pretty relaxed about bedtime. So a few times, he's gone to bed simply because he fell asleep and I sent him off to his room. Am I the only one that doesn't worry about bedtime since it's summer?

Best Always,

Sherrie

BTW: We will get back into the swing of the 9p bedtime about a week or so before school starts again. Get him used to the school day schedule again before he actually has to do it.

Sherrie Rainbow

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 10:49am
As a working mom with two kids, i HAVE to keep with the bedtime schedule. On weekends, they can stay up as late as they want. Monday thru Friday, we have to be out the door by 7:30 for me to be at work by 8 AM. My kids are so hard to get up in the mornings, that I allow them to stay up no later than 9:30 pm. Luckily our daycare is our next door neighbor. :0)
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 11:03am
Our schools ended May 20th...I didn't even last a week before I was letting my daughter go to sleep at 10:00 and wake up when she wants to. (usually around 9:30) But during the school year she sleeps from 9:00-7:00. I will start a few days before school starts getting her back on a schedule.
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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 11:40am
Welcome! Glad you jumped in and answered this post. Introduce yourself when you get a chance. We have an intro thread going under "Cl Announcement", or start a new one.

Looking forward to getting to know you.

Janet

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 11:44am
We have an 8:30 bedtime that has crept to 9. It will go no later this summer, except if we're out. Sam and Rachel are early risers. Rachel is "learning" to sleep later, but no matter how late we keep Sam up, he does not sleep past 7. So, he just ends up very cranky and tired. He's normally up by 6AM! Rachel will occassionally sleep until 7:30 or 7:45, but she's usually up by 7. Even though S&R are going to day camp, they could easily sleep to 8AM, and so could have a later bedtime. However, it doesn't work for their internal clocks.

I have to say, that *I* like them to be in bed by 9 so that I can have an hour with my dh before we go to sleep. Don't you find it cuts in to what little couple time you have? Or are you night owls, LOL! We can't keep our eyes open much past 10, but we are in our forties now ;-)

Sherrie- What are your kids doing this summer while you are at work? Mine have been going to the same day camp for 6 years. They're going again this summer even though I'm home right now.

Janet


Edited 6/30/2003 11:46:54 AM ET by cl-janetlh

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 2:05pm
Robert and I tag team parent. I work days, he works nights - so it doesn't cut into couple time if Sean stays up during the week, it cuts into Mommy time though but when I really need some time to myself he's really good about keeping himself occupied. (He's learned that asking mom what he should do when he's bored usually involves being sent to bed or being given extra chores LOL.)

I'm an early riser (I *need* to be up no later than 5:30a but try to get up at 4:30a), though I can stay up until midnight and frequently do - btw Robert is 44 and I'll be 40 in October ;-).

Summer activities? As I mentioned, Robert and I work separate shifts so he has the kids during the day then drops them off with me at 3p as I'm getting off work and before he starts his "day" at 3:30p. Last year, before my schedule changed, we sent Sean to YMCA camp during the day (and Scott went to his regular daycare) but we didn't do it this year. All last summer, Sean complained about going to camp: that he couldn't play with his friends; that he didn't have time to do stuff that he wanted to do; etc. (BTW - he also complains when he doesn't go to camp: he's bored; there's nothing to do; his friends are all in camps, etc.) We told him that since he complained no matter which activity we selected that we were going to save money and let him be bored at home. LOL!! In truth, Robert takes them out to do things during the week - visit parks, beaches, museums, etc.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Mon, 06-30-2003 - 6:32pm
Thanks for your response. I'm getting to know you better. You're a night owl and an early riser who doesn't need a lot of sleep ;-) I'm envious!

IKWYM about kids complaining no matter what the option is. It's great that the tag team arrangement is working for you. I'm sure it has its challenges.

Janet

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 6:35am
My kids are in camp for the summer, so we still need to stick to a bedtime routine. They need to get up actually a little earlier than they did during the school year. But, I'm less anxious about it ... if he's tired at camp it's not as bad as being tired at school. He goes to be around 9:30 (if he and DH are watching a baseball game on TV, then it gets later.) But, keeping them to some semblance of a ritual makes the transition back to school a little easier.

Nancy

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 11:26am
Tag teaming does have its challenges but it can be rewarding too. Robert and I each have one-on-one (well one-on-two but you KWIM) time with the children. We have time to pursue our own interests such as drawing, crotcheting, or whatever when the children are otherwise occupied or napping without taking away from couple time. The challenges involve communication and the memory to make sure that we tell each other everything we need to regarding punishments and priviledges. Another challenge is that we do get little couple time, but we insure that we make the most of it when we do. We talk on the phone during breaks in the workday (and night) and we both have weekends off.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 11:29am
I agree, if Sean were going to camp I might be a bit more relaxed but there would definitely be a bedtime that was adhered to most of the time.

Best Always,

Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 8:54pm
Well, we haven't kept to our schedule at all this summer. We try to get them down early about 9 but that alway seems to fail. We go back to the normal schedule a week before school starts.

Julie