Monday, November 4, 2013


For many children, the main reason for temper tantrums, fussiness, irritability, whining, dawdling and stubbornness is purely and simply the lack of adequate, restful sleep. 

Healthy brains need snooze time each night:

Babies (3-11 months):- 14 to 15 hours of sleep

Toddlers (1-3 yrs):- 12 to 14 hours of sleep

Pre-schoolers (3-5 yrs):- 11 to 13 hours of sleep

First through fifth graders (6-10 yrs):- 10 to 11 hours of sleep

Preteens (11-14):- 9 hours of sleep

Teenagers (14-18):- 6 to 8 hours of sleep

Sleep difficulties lead to cranky and tired kids, which in turn makes for tired, cranky parents.
~Shades of Practical Parenting.

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