‘Ridiculous’ kids sleep chart divides internet

Allison Yee

It’s one of those things that, as adults, most of us know we don’t get enough of. So when it comes to how much sleep kids should get? Well, that's a whole different ball game of tears, tantrums and not enough zzz's.

A chart posted to Facebook by Wilson Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin has attempted to answer all the questions parents have about their kids' bedtime – and in the process, opened a can of worms on the magical amount of snooze time needed.

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Titled “At what time should your child go to bed”, the chart suggests sleep times based on when your child wakes up and what age they are.

The controversial sleep chart was posted last year, but has gone again as parents debate over it. Photo: Facebook/wilsonkusd

Running the age range of five to 12-year-olds, the chart has left some parents wondering who created these bedtimes – and what delusional world they’re living in.

“I am not super strict but I think those times are too late given the wake up times,” wrote one user. “Also doesn’t account for kids who take time to go to sleep.”

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“Any child to bed at 6:45? Is that a joke?” adds another.

Those with kids hitting the hay in the early hours of the eve had some users wondering exactly when they'd get their child bathed and fed.

“Who puts a child of any age to bed before or at 7pm? When is supper then, 3pm?” questioned a Facebook commenter.

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In the age of the working parent, the chart also doesn’t seem to favour those who might want to spend some quality time with their little ones after they get home from the office.

“Ridiculous! Someone doesn't like to spend time with kids!,” blasted one user.

The overriding message from most was that parents know what’s best for their own child – and one sleep chart most certainly does not fit all.

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“You as a parent should know what's best for your child, other people shouldn't be telling you what time you and your child what time to go to wake up or go to bed,” commented one user. “Even though this [is] maybe helpful to some, you as the mother or father should know what's best. And what child sleeps nearly 12 hrs?”

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