Back when our first child was born, we made a decision that was smarter than we realized at the time and we have reaped the rewards for the last 12 years. We set an early bedtime for our child. As soon as our baby was settled into a schedule, we put her to bed early. In our house early is 7:00 pm. Our children’s bedtime is still… 7:00 pm. (Well, we generally move it back to 8:00 during the summer, and then back to 7:00 when winter rolls around again.)
An early bedtime is advantageous for a number of reasons.
It ensures that our children are getting enough sleep. Since we rarely have to wake our children in the morning, we know that they are getting adequate sleep.
It allows Mark and I to have some quiet time without the children every evening. This is much better, in my opinion, than a date night once a month or even once a week. We are able to refuel and reconnect or just discuss family business.
It allows me to go to bed early if I wish. ’nuff said.
It allows our family to be hospitable in the evenings without disturbing our children’s schedule. We host a few meetings in our home, a men’s prayer meeting and our mom’s meeting. Both of these begin at 7:30, so the children are already in bed and Mark and I are able to focus on our company.
It allows us to be flexible with our schedule. Since we know that our children are getting enough sleep we can allow them to stay up late occasionally. One of the ways that we help our children to be servants is by teaching them that the world does not revolve around their schedule. So if we have company with children over and our children are up until 11:00 or so, no big deal. There will be time to catch up.
It allows us to spend special one-on-one time with our children. We periodically allow our children, one at a time, to stay up late and have special time with mommy and daddy.
Every family is different, but having an earlier than typical bedtime has been a terrific decision for family.
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