Raise your hand if your kids take a full military band to wake them up in the morning. If your hand isn't raise, you're probably still trying to pry your offspring out of bed or in an argument about how they overslept and are going to be late for school.
Especially after a summer of chaos, it can be a struggle to get your family back into a bed time routine for school.
There are recommended sleep durations for different age groups, and that can mean different bed times for each kid in your house. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is the recommended amount of sleep for each age group:
Infants (4 to 12 months): 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
Toddlers (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
Gradeschoolers (6 to 12 years): 9 to 12 hours
Teens (13 to 18 years): 8 to 10 hours
Taking this into account can be tricky. It all depends on how long your kid will sleep, how long it takes to get to school in the morning, and what time school actually starts.
One mom, from the blog Mommy Moment, created a chart that she believes takes all the guesswork out of bed time.
She suggests that bed times be increased by 15 minutes every year, because the kids need less sleep.
While it may seem like an innocent post, it got more attention than I'm sure she was expecting.
What did people think of her chart?