What time do your kids go to bed? And how much sleep do they need?
A teacher in the United States who tried to answer these questions created a huge rift among parents.
Stacy Karlsen, a teacher at Wilson Elementary in Kenosha, Wisconson, created a useful chart of age-appropriate bedtime to share with her students’ parents in 2015.
Five years later, the post went viral on Facebook again as parents struggle to maintain routines during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 5,000 people commented on the post on Wednesday and most of them were divided.
The table combines the child’s age with the time they wake up in the morning to determine the ultimate bedtime.
For example, a 12-year-old who wakes up at 7 a.m. has to go to bed at 9:15 p.m.
Rigid routines were not suitable for many parents.
“Sorry, I think I made a wrong turn, I was looking for bed times for the kids, not bed times for the Marines, Air Force and Navy seals.” My hurt, ”one wrote.
Another said: “Another reason to home school, kids are not robots, there is no way for my kids to go to sleep with the sun still up, no one should!” “
Other parents have found the chart helpful and have seen the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
“Children need a structure to deal with the next day, let them sit longer on weekends but not on school evenings,” one wrote.
Another said: “My five year old is following this, I’m so happy to see that I was on the right track from the start,” one wrote.
Perhaps the best advice came from a reviewer, who said, “Don’t worry about the graphic, do what works best for your child.”
“Not for you but for the child.”