I am trying out something new this week and so far I am getting good results. I cannot take credit for the idea because I read it in a magazine. I do want to take credit for trying it out, though, because it goes against my nature.
School starts next week. During the school year, we get our kids in bed nice and early. Jonathan's bus comes really early in the morning. It picks him up at 7:15 this year (a whole 15 minutes earlier than last year). Jonathan requires a lot of sleep. At the beginning of last school year we were getting him in bed by 8 and he was complaining every day that he was not getting enough sleep. It was also really hard to wake him up. So, we moved bedtime up to 7:30. It helped some. I wish I could say 30 minutes made a huge difference but I just don't know about that. Anyway, this summer our kids have been staying up till around 9 on most nights.
The idea I am trying: Start the school schedule the week before school. That way, you are transitioning before school starts.
The last 2 nights my kids have been in bed by 7:30. Mornings are hard for me (I am not a morning person) so I haven't been waking Jonathan up at 6:30 yet. Yesterday they all woke up on their own at 7 a.m. and this morning it was 6:45. Yes, it IS early! But, it feels good because I am choosing it and not being forced into it. (My husband says this School Schedule idea is as much for the parents as for the kids! I really agree with that.)