I am a contradiction; I don’t like structure, but I flounder when I don’t have a routine. In the summer, my sleep pattern falls apart because of vacations, a later start time, Netflix binges, and Bravo. (Teresa is out of prison!)
As we near the end of the summer, I am trying to transition back to school hours and my school year routine. When I started watching the classic film Bounty (after midnight), I realized that I needed to make an immediate change.
In a piece posted this week on the New York Times Well Blog, Dr. Perri Klass summarized the current research on sleep disorders and school aged children. Did you know that children between the ages of 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours of sleep a day? (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)
Is your child staying up all night on Musical.ly or engaged in marathon Pokemon Go sessions? Is lunch your child’s new breakfast? Is your child confusing the sunset with the sunrise?
My recommendation—start transitioning back to your school routine and school hours over the next couple of weeks. Take the screens away at night, set a bedtime, and get some rest. We don’t want grumpy students, teachers, and parents showing up sleep deprived on August 18th.
Thank you for sending your child to the best private school (in my opinion) in Kansas City.