Can you give any advice on how to handle bedtime during the week versus how to handle bedtime on the weekend? My daughter is 7 and she’s currently going to bed about an hour later on the weekends but by Monday, she’s whining to stay in bed when I wake her for school. At this point, I’m just wondering what the recommendation is.
Balancing the school schedule with weekend activities can be tough.
Generally speaking, children are more sensitive to sleep changes than adults. This is important to keep in mind as you plan for your weekend activities. I recommend you keep bedtime within a 30 minute window, regardless of whether it’s the weekend or a weekday.
This is especially true right now because of the recent time change. Your daughter could be dealing with some sleep debt attributed to “losing” an hour with the onset of Daylight Savings Time (DST). Her body could still be adjusting so I recommend making sleep a priority and not veering too much from that weekday bedtime.
Once your daughter is caught up on sleep you can be a little more lenient. For instance, maybe once every couple of weeks you can plan for one night a week (Saturday would be preferred) where she’s awake later. If a child is getting adequate sleep on a consistent basis, they can handle those late nights without issue.
If your daughter continues to struggle with waking up in the morning, I would encourage you to consider an earlier bedtime.