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What time should a 14 year old go to bed on a school night?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Josie, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Cezza1976

    Cezza1976 Member

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    I'm all for reasonable bed times, my son is 16 and is in bed by 9:00 o'clock on a school night. The younger three 9,7 & 4 go at 7:00. I've always been quite strict/ mean on bed times but feel it's vital for myself and their dad to have a couple of hours together in the evening. Each to their own I know and as much as I adore my kids, some days bed time can't come soon enough IYKWIM!
  2. Mkunga

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    My mum got home from work at 10pm weeknights, so we had to be in bed by then - even at 14-15 yrs old.
    We didn't have a TV in our room, (mum was of the opinion that bedrooms are for sleeping, not playing) so we were in bed by 9, were allowed half an hour for reading, then Dad would come up to make sure we'd got the lights out.

    In the holidays and on friday and saturday nights we were allowed to stay up a bit longer, usually till about half 10, but we had to go when we were told - Dad had a big piece of bamboo cane with a split in the end by his chair - he never used it, but the threat of that across the back of my legs was enough to behave and do as I was told!
  3. Noo

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    At 14 I was allowed out after tea and homework til 8.30-9pm. I self regulated my bedtime though I liked to be in bed for 10 so I could listen to a latenight talk show on the radio (Jezza/Jeremy Kyle!). Weekends I was allowed out til 9.30/10pm depending on where I was... My mum never really gave me a bedtime as a teen, though my step-sister was a complete ogre without enough sleep so was always told to go to bed around 9ish even though she was a yr older... I've always been a nightowl!
  4. Pinksox17

    Pinksox17 Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure my bedtime was 9pm at 14. I've never had a telly in my room and now you can watch telly on your laptop I've got into really bad habits.
    I think 9pm is reasonable, but it does depend on the child. If they're not getting enough sleep you should just change it accordingly.
  5. Lyra

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    I was usually in bed for 10-ish when I was 14. My mam never really told me when to go to bed as I was usually upstairs reading by about 8 anyway (I was a bit of a geek! loved reading!) and then I'd just go to sleep when I was tired! x
  6. Fairydust

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    I would say about 9.30 is reasonable - then maybe half an hour reading (watching tele if thatswhat they do), then sleep at 10. x
  7. AngelinDisguise

    AngelinDisguise New Member

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    I think about 9.30-10 is fair for a 14 year old, 7.30-8.30 is too early unless they have to be up at 5am or something!...Especially in the summer when it's light. Teens only need 8.5-9 hours sleep a night.
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    My 13 year old goes to bed at 9 and he is allowed to read in bed for half an hour. At weekends though depends what we are doing, dvd night, ps3 night ect ect
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    My stepson would go to bed at 9pm but was allowed to watch TV or read a book until 9:30pm. I felt this was too late though cos he was always tired in the morning.

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  10. Ikkle Princess

    Ikkle Princess Events Officer

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    My sons 8 and at the moment his bedtime is 7.30pm but he knows when he goes to 'big' school we will extend this to 8.30 on school nights on a weekend we let him stay up an extra hour x

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