FREE Printables: Activity sheets - How Much Sleep Does Your Elementary Schooler Really Need?
Our kids are growing up in a busy world! Even before they hit the double digits, it is easy for their lives to be consumed with soccer schedules, ballet classes, hockey tournaments, and other extracurricular activities.
And, while all of these activities can provide incredible benefits, they can also often result in later than ideal bedtimes.
As adults, we frequently make the choice to sacrifice sleep for more time doing the things we enjoy, so it’s easy to assume that our kiddos are okay to do the same, but how much sleep do your kids really need??
According to The Sleep Council, kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years old need to be getting between 10 and 12 HOURS per night...or an average of 11 hours.
Read more about how much sleep kids need at every age and more advice for developing healthy sleep habits for your kids and baby (0 - 12 months) sleeping tips for parents!
So, if your kiddo needs to be up at 7am for school, they should be asleep by 8:00 pm. That probably means they need to be in pajamas and settling in by 7 or 7:30 pm depending on what your bedtime routine looks like and how long it typically takes.
If you think your child may not be getting enough sleep look for the following signs...
Those little bodies are growing SO fast and it’s important to make sure they get enough sleep to fuel them!
If you need some QUIET and CALMING activities to do in the evenings to settle in, be sure to grab our weekly FREE printables!