The 8 PM Rule

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As a first-time mama, I’m learning as I go. One of the most essential things I’ve learned thus far is that the little guy thrives on structure. Because of that, there is one thing that I do everything I can, to not compromise on – I call it the 8 PM rule. Basically, if at all possible, I want to be home alone by 8 PM each night during the week. I’m sure to some it seems crazy, but to me it’s really important. Let me explain why on the next page. 

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58 Responses to “The 8 PM Rule”

  1. Craziness. My kids are 5, 7, and 11 and are all in bed before 8:00 when we don’t have any activities going on. My kids need their rest and are monsters the next day if they don’t get to bed early. Plus I need some quiet time alone with my husband.

  2. Really? And sleeps until what time?

  3. 6 to 6ish! Has slept through the night since 3 months old. And I’m not lying!

  4. Kendall McMahan-Kitchens Reply June 20, 2016 at 11:26 am

    There was a stretch during the first year that my son woke up at 2 and stayed up until 4. I decided to just go with it, and enjoyed the one on one playtime with him.

    He is 2.5 now and still nurses to sleep and sleeps in our bed. I do not go away overnight without him. Some people think I’m weird, but he won’t even sleep for my husband when I’m out of the house. He won’t need me in this way forever. I have plenty of time for girls’ weekend and such when he is older. It just isn’t worth everyone being sleep deprived and miserable.

  5. Everyone is diff. What works for one family does not work for the rest. Just because your baby goes down at 7, does not mean as it grows it will continue to do so. Schedules are great I have them as well, but with babies and growing kids it has to have a small measure of flexibility.