What time should your child go to bed each night and how much sleep do they really need?
If you’re a parent these are two questions you’ve probably spent some time pondering.
But if you’ve struggled to come up with good answers, we might have found something that could be a big help.
A teacher has shared a handy guide which shows the exact time children should go to bed depending on their age – and what time they need to get up in the morning.
For instance, it claims a seven-year-old, who needs to be up at 7am in the morning should go to bed at 20:15, while a 10-year-old getting up at 6:30 should be in bed by 20:30.
The post, which was shared by an educator from Wilson Elementary School, isn’t new, but has recently resurfaced on social media.
The helpful chart was first shared by Stacy Karlsen, who told Fox6Now she couldn’t believe the post went viral.
She said: “To me, it was a shock [that the post was shared so much]. I didn’t make it up. I found it coming across my personal page and I thought, ‘Wow, this is super helpful’.”
Some parents agreed with Stacy that the chart was a useful guide.
One mum claimed it “justified” the bed times she had already put in place for her little ones.
“I have four kids — and I catch a lot of flack for their bedtimes,” she explained.
“I started out setting their bedtime years ago based on how much sleep they need… Glad to see this chart justify the exact times we have already set.”
However not everyone was quite so impressed with it.
A different parent compared the rigid guidelines to being in the military.
She argued: “This isn’t the military and if I was to send my kids to bed at 7 at night they would be up at 4 a.m. No thank you … Plus I would never get to spend time with them after school.”
Another commented: “I’m sorry, but this chart is absurd. Who puts their kid to bed at 6:45?”
Others thought that the bedtime rules should differ during certain months and depending on whether the child has had naps during the day.
Wherever you stand on the sleep chart, one thing is certain – bedtimes are a really divisive issue among parents.
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