Health Tip: Older Children Need a Bedtime Routine, Too
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Older children need a consistent bedtime and wind-down routine as much as infants and toddlers do.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises:

School-aged children should take a few minutes every night to tidy up the bedroom before bed.
Middle school-aged children may have a less strict bedtime routine on the weekends, but wake time should not vary by much.

Bedtime routines should be flexible, but impose limits on bedtime delays.
Gradually give your child more independence over the bedtime routine as the child grows older.

-- Diana Kohnle