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Regular Bedtimes Make Kids Less Shitty

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No one wants to raise an asshole and according to a new study the key to that could be making your kid go to bed at the same time every night.

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It's often said that children thrive on routine, and that parenting philosophy is bolstered by new research, published in the journal Pediatrics, that finds that irregular bedtimes are linked to behavioral problems.

For the study, researchers interviewed mothers when their kids were 3, 5, and 7, asking about their bedtime schedules. The moms and the kids' teachers also filled out questionnaires regarding behavioral difficulties. After controlling for "many social, economic and parental behavioral factors," the researchers found that kids with a regular bedtime schedule had fewer behavioral problems. Additionally, they found that it didn't matter what time they went to bed, as long as it was the same every night.

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If you're kid isn't on a set schedule, don't worry, you have time. Instituting a regular bedtime by the age of seven "had significant improvements in behavior scores." After that you're screwed. Kidding! But maybe you should look into taking this parenting thing a little more seriously.

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Regular Bedtimes Tied to Better Behavior [NYT]

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LizLemonGotMarried
LizLemonGotMarried

They needed a study for this? I thought it was a fairly established approach to parenting. We sleep trained ToddlerTarheelBuckeye and have enjoyed a regular bedtime since he was a few months old. It's the best thing we ever did for our child and ourselves-we have guaranteed time each night to relax and he has an established routine and knows the expectations for his behavior. We give him a warning at 7:30 that in 10 minutes its bathtime and he's in bed by 8 singing silly songs until he falls asleep.
This also cuts down on the issues with kids not self-soothing and requiring parents to sleep with them or stay with them til they fall asleep. TTB is always awake when we leave the room.