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Sleep tips for elementary aged kids

Topic today is sleep tips for elementary aged kids. This Mommy S.O.S comes from a friend of mine who is about to lose it. You know those S.O.S scenarios moms? When you don’t think you can take one more day of some behavioral issue? Yep, we have all been there.

That’s why I offered to put this out there to my wise “in the trenches with us” readers.

Here is her current struggle:

 My girls, ages 6 and 8, share a room.  Lights out is at 8:30 p.m.  Theoretically.  Then the fun begins. 

Lots of head stands, cartwheels, giggling, etc., which leads to accidental injuries, crying, fighting, intentional injuries, tattle-telling, ice packs, etc.  By the end of the night we have threatened almost every form of punishment possible.  They finally fall asleep around 9:30 or 10:00, about the same time as us, which makes life miserable the next morning starting with the dreaded morning alarm at 7:00 a.m.

It starts with tears and “I’m tired, I don’t feel good, I want to stay home, gymnastics is too hard, school is too hard, I don’t want you to leave me,” etc. 

Needless to say, I’m at the end of my rope because I know the issue has to do with not enough sleep.  

I hate that we have an awful night the night before and then an even more awful morning which can end with a teary good-bye and a horrible start to the school day. I don’t want either of us to start the day like this! 

I don’t know how to get my girls to go to sleep, so they can wake up happy! 

What does everyone else do?  Should I separate their rooms?  Put them in bed at 7:00?  Start waking them up at 5:00 a.m. so they will be tired by 8:00 p.m.? 


Moms, can you help? Any advice on sleep tips for elementary aged kids? I just hate it when I am going through hard times like this. Thank you! Us moms have got to stick together!

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