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Katherine Lewis

The Kids' Bedtime and the Super Bowl

By January 28, 2013

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I'm usually pretty strict about my kids' bedtime. Lights go off no later than 8:15 p.m., and then they can read quietly until they fall asleep. That ensures they get the recommended 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night -- and makes it more likely we'll have an easy morning routine the next day because they won't be overtired.

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But this week, my resolve will be tested. On Sunday, a school night, my husband's hometown Baltimore Ravens play in the Super Bowl. How could we resist letting the kids stay up late to watch the game? But how could we send them back to school the next day, sleep-deprived and barely functioning?

True, we let our 8-year old stay up to watch the playoff game, but the next day was a school holiday. She was able to sleep in and we enjoyed a nice fun family time together watching the Ravens beat the New England Patriots at her grandparents' house.

I'm guessing we will cave and let them watch the game, and just warn their teachers they will be a bit drowsy. (I'm guessing they won't be the only ones sleepwalking through school.) What are your rules around kids' bedtime? Do you make exceptions for special occasions?

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