For many of Americaâ€™s tweens and teens, a good nightâ€™s sleep seems to be an impossible dream. Another study published this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the sleep habits of more than 12,000 high school students and found that a mere 8 percent are getting at least the recommended nine hours of shut-eye.
The Columbia researchers found that bedtimes set by parents were almost as important as the total number of hours slept. Kids who were sent to bed at midnight or later were 24 percent more likely to be depressed and 20 percent more likely to have thoughts about suicide compared to teens whose lights had to be off by 10 p.m....
If more parents started acting like parents, rather than the kids friends, facilitaters, and event coordinators, the job of getting the kids to bed on time, and having the whole family eat together, would be much easier. Unfortunalty; my greneration (babyoomers), and our childrens generation, have not only dropped the ball, we have kicked it so far out of the field of play, that people think such parenting as what we grew up with is either impossible, old fashoned, or legalistic.
Bedtime discipline should naturally emerge from a loving caring family. Overall child discipline itself should emerge thus. This should have more to contribute to the growing child/teen than simply sleep of its own. These stats appear to be inconclusive if observed on their own merit or contribution.
Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Prov 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Prov 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.