Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why Wednesday!!

I'd like to introduce this awesome post called "Why Wednesday."   This post is dedicated to Why your kid needs sleep and you should not sabotage sleep in any way.  Because some parents think that keeping their kids up late to spend time with them is A.O.K.  When in reality, you're just ruining your little brats!

There was once I family that I Nannied for that loved their kid so much that they had no control over her and she went to sleep at 11pm.  She had school the next day and was all sorts of messed up because she got a "solid 7 hours" as the dad said.  Ummm, yeah, your kid should go to sleep at an hour that could potentially let them sleep at least 10 hours.  If you haven't noticed, your kid got tired around 7pm and then a second wind blew her over and she was off the walls until 11pm.  Good job, idiots, good job.  

So, here's why your kid needs sleep if you're in the same dilemma as these people were.  When a kid doesn't get enough sleep, the development is lacking.  Any working person knows that if they don't get enough sleep, they get cranky and irritable, and you're an adult!  Do you even realize the awful things that happen with a child who has no control over their temper?  If your kid is going to bed late, revise their night schedule and give them a chance to sleep as long as they can.  If it's tough to get them up in the morning, put them to bed earlier.  The saying shouldn't be "happy wife, happy life" it should be "well rested kid, happy life."   

If you have a 4 month-16 month old, they should be napping twice a day, for at least 45 minutes to reap any benefits.  Early bedtime. If you have a 16 month old-5 year old, most kids take one nap a day, and sleep 1-3 hours, depending how much you tire them out!  And just because they go to bed early at night, doesn't mean they will wake up early.  And if they do, teach them to stay in their room(if they are old enough).  If it's a baby, the baby can be left alone for at least 20 minutes after they awaken.  They will be fine.  I promise!

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