Reasons Why I Homeschool: Going to Bed Early is No Fun

Believe me, at the end of most days, I am ready to put the kids in bed. Very often I am ready to put them to bed around 10am…but somehow I manage to make it through those days with chocolate and the knowledge that the day will eventually come to an end. On the other hand, there are many nights that it is nice to hang out with the kids a little bit later. I feel so much better knowing that if something comes up, I can enjoy my time with my children without worrying about if they are going to be getting enough sleep.

All 5 of my kids have different sleep schedules, a few of them can stay up later than the others and still get up early, while others will drag through the day. When my kids were in public school, we had to get them in bed between 7:30 and 8:00 in order for them to be rested enough when it came time to get up for school the next morning.

When it came down to it it really didn’t matter what kind of schedule I tried to keep with the kids because there were other after school activities that would keep the kids up until 9:00 on a school night at least once a week and sometimes more. So no matter what I did to make sure the kids were rested, they always seemed to be catching up on sleep.

So now, if we feel like hanging out until 9:00 because it has been a crazy couple of days and we need to hang out and let the kids stay up a little later, then we can do it and enjoy it without worrying about how they will do the next day at school.

You can also see other reasons why I Homeschool, this is part 2 in a list of 101 Reasons Why I Homeschool that I will be working on for the next year or so. There is a link in the menu bar at the top of the page under the Homeschool link. Check back to see my other reasons 🙂

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2 Responses to Reasons Why I Homeschool: Going to Bed Early is No Fun

  1. Tricia on October 30, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I used to enjoy that… a TBI changes things. Butterfly’s bedtime is non-negotiable, but we still have more time together than before… for that I am thankful.

    • Hazel Nut on October 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      It is hard for us to get all 5 kids in bed at the same time, so we start the Bedtime Shuffle off by sending the 3 big kids up in order from youngest to oldest. The youngest gets the bathroom first and then up to the oldest. They all get to read in bed for as long as it takes for us to get the babies ready for bed and settled down. After that We set the sound machine for my oldest for 15-30 minutes, depending on how long it takes him to get ready. We usually start between 7:30-8:00 and hope for lights out by 8:15ish for the younger 4 and my oldest gets to stay up until around 8:30. That extra hour or so means the world to my kids and their father 🙂

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