Getting Strict on Early Bedtimes for Your Kids Has Scientific Benefits — Including Your Own Mental Health, Mama


By Emily Glover, Motherly


My parenting style is largely what you could describe as “trial and error,” in which I embrace flexibility and aim to find the methods that work best for my individual kids.

But one thing I was never willing to budge on was bedtime and I have absolutely no regrets about it—especially considering a study out of Australia found parents who hold firm on earlier bedtimes are less stressed.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from the Growing Up Australia longitudinal study, which tracked 3,600 youth during the first nine years of their lives via questionnaires for their parents every two years.

This all found that kids with early bedtimes (defined as those before 8:30 p.m.) were not only healthier and happier overall, but…more

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