Bedtime can be one of the most biggest struggles for CNY parents - no matter how old the kids are. Kids want to stay up, parents want them to go to sleep. A handy dandy chart has gone viral...but perhaps not for the intended reason.

The chart provided by Wilson Elementary School lays it all out for you: all you need to do is find your child's wake-up time and the chart will let you know what time your son or daughter needs to go to bed. For example, a 12-year-old child with a 6:30 am wake up time should be asleep by 8:45 pm.

HA hahahahaha. That's funny. It's almost as though they think that parents decide when a kid falls asleep.

Come on. On what planet does a kid with athletic practice, dinner and homework get to sleep by 8:45? In real life, we parents try our best, but let's be honest, bedtime happens when everything is done...and when we hide the video games and smart phones.

The recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics are even more unrealistic:

  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Teenagers sleeping for 8-10 hours? Only on Saturdays. During the week, they've got more homework, sometimes a job and possibly sports and friends to see. Ain't happening.

Thanks for the laugh, though.


 

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