The Truth About Teen Bed Times

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We are on week 5 of our summer vacation and so far it has been wonderful! There have been afternoons and nights with stay at home movies and popcorn and late morning snuggling in bed with a good book! Spliced in with lazy days at the pool. I love summer, because it is a time where we can slow down, recharge and connect as a family. My kids love it too and truthfully they all are home bodies who like to spend time with the family.

There is one side effect to all of this though.

I remember the days where there were definite set bed times and that I knew by 8 p.m. every night I would be clear and free of the whole lot of them. Now with one tween and a teen in the house, bed times have gotten a little blurred….

Take for example last night. I had just gotten the 7 year old and toddler to sleep. It was 8:30 and I was dog eared tired, but the teen daughter came into my room and wanted to talk about “stuff” and that talk went on until well past 11 p.m. With the addition of my tween son at 10 p.m., because he thought he was missing a fun party. Sure they are both a lot of fun and there were laughs and giggles behind pillows so we wouldn’t wake up the younger kiddos. There is however a consequence to this late night giggle fest, because this means when the toddler inevitably stumbles into our bedroom after midnight, the hubs and I are too tired to put up much of a defense. Meaning, we go ahead and allow her to slip into our bed with us until the following parenting truth becomes all too painfully clear, once again….

So for this latest Mommy Reality Challenge, my compadre in crime Celeste, has asked up to share what we do when the kids go to bed.

Here is the Mommy Reality Truth about teen bed times.

If you have teens you already know this to be true and for those of you not yet initiated to this truth and still with a set bedtime in your house, I (all parents of teens) everywhere envy you. But know this, your time is coming and it will be sooner than you think. So take this piece of advice from a parent who has not slept soundly in over 13 years and who sees no end in sight, I urge you to seize the day and not fritter away the “after the kids go to bed” time with those cheesy Hallmark made for TV movies!

Just go to sleep! Like right now! I promise you there will be more than enough time later to watch those Hallmark movies as you sit waiting for your kids to get home from outings with friends or *cringe* from dates and such. Or just trying to get them to put down their electronic devices and go to bed already!!

So please repeat after me… Tonight I will go to bed at a decent time, and when I do I will thank my lucky stars I am not yet the parent of a teen who has not gone to bed before midnight for the past 5+ years.

That is all…

Even with my warning, I know you will still stay up late watching those cheesy Hallmark movies and such, because I did it too.

Just know you have been warned.

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  1. Oh! I read your husband’s post too, and it was really really good, but I didn’t get to comment b/c being on vacation means that every person I’m related to talks my ear off and doesn’t let me read or think. ;)
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  2. I remember this. Oh yes I do. Then they leave home and it’s all good and then they come home because they can’t make it on their own, then they leave again. Then you change the locks. Oh wait, that’s not the question.

    Most of us didn’t sleep right until the kids moved out.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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  3. I seriously haven’t thought that far ahead, but man, I know it’s coming. It just hit me that I’ll probably be sleeping less because they’ll be out and about with their friends and I’ll be remembering myself out and about with my friends and… omg. Kind of want to give them an 8:30 curfew until they’re 30…
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  4. Oh man. I remember being a teenager and staying up until 5am. And then sleeping until noon. That really was the life. These days we’re dealing with a toddler who doesn’t seem to want to go to sleep before 10 no matter how tired she is during the day, and is then up before the alarm at 6:45. Maybe it’s time to nod off to sleep. Thanks for the fair warning. And when I fail to take your advice, you have permission to laugh at me and say “I told you so”.
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  5. Hmmmm. The first think I do is usually jump on the computer. While I can do a lot on my smartphone, when I’m with my kid, it’s easiest to do it on the computer. We’re only a week into summer break and yet we’re still so scheduled. Baseball just ended and I’m sad, but a little excited to just relax at night.
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    1. I think I see a trend with a lot of the Moms who have responded here and our computer time! I love baseball, but it is really time consuming! I hope you enjoy the time now and can relax into your summer!
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  6. Can you believe we’re not even on week 1 of summer vacation? Tomorrow is the day! But who’s counting?
    After my kids go to bed… I usually either fall asleep on the couch (classy), watch TV (classy), or edit photos (classier).
    I do remember that summertime is the reason my five-year-old stays up until 9, even though she shouldn’t. Last summer we started that bad habit, and never fixed it. And now it’s summer again. Oh, hello.
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    1. Keeping it classy for sure!

      At least you are almost there to the end of school! Better late than never right? I was counting days just like you towards the end of the semester and maybe I will be back to that same point around the end of the summer :) I will let you know, Viva those late summer nights!
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    1. Hahaha! Yep, some of our mommy reality is better left unpublished? I always tell myself I will only be on the floor of the kids room for a short time and yet it always seems that it is at minimum, at least 2 hours later I am dragging myself off the floor and into bed!
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  7. Fortunately, my 16-year old son has to wake up at 5 something a.m. so he goes to bed at 10 ritually and has for years. He might be staying up later if it weren’t for the school schedule. Wait, it’s summer and he does. He’s been going to bed at 3-5 a.m. and sleeping ALL day. I guess that beats worrying about what my teenager is doing all summer, though he is trying to get a job.

    As for me and the S.O. We also go to bed at 10. I just have to tuck my son in and say goodnight, but I’m usually no more than a few minutes behind. Yes, he still lets me tuck him in! I wouldn’t change it for the world!

    1. Yay for summer! I think we have those same sleeping schedules going on around here. Luckily though, I have a toddler in house who likes to wake up nice and early and torment her brother and sisters!
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