What’s a Reasonable Bed Time for a Kids’ Sleepover

by MyDadBlog on January 22, 2013

in Advice,Parties

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So, we hosted the dreaded boys’ sleepover this past weekend and it was one for the record books.  We’d hosted one last year where they were probably in bed by 1 AM.  Evidently, at another house, the parents let the kids stay up until 4Am, so a new benchmark was set.  This time around, the kids all had in their mind that they had to exceed this prior record for sleepovers amongst their peers.  I was unaware of this until about 2AM when they were wired and jumping around with no intention of going to sleep.  Here’s what our night consisted of:

  • Arrive 8PM
  • Play with toys, Legos, Wii and talk until 9:30PM
  • Watched Avengers (with them) on the big screen projector in the basement until midnight
  • Snacks along the way
  • Some more Wii until 12:30 AM, into bed
  • 1:00 AM – lights off
  • 1:30 AM – warnings to go to sleep
  • 2:00 AM – pleading with them to go to sleep
  • 2:30 AM – yelling at them to go to sleep
  • 3:00 AM -final threat that I’m separating them all and they’re not coming back
  • 3:30 AM – finally fell asleep
  • 7:30 AM – our youngest daughter up.  GREAT!

Needless to say, it wasn’t a very productive Sunday.  I still got a job in somehow.  But I’m wondering if this is now par for the course that kids think they’re always going to stay up until all hours when there’s a sleepover.  It pretty much wrecks them for the next day, as well as the parents.  I don’t recall staying up that late when I was a kid.  But now I sound like an old fart myself.

What’s Been Your Experience? 

Boys Ranged in Ages from 7-9.

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