Is she bedtime shamming other parents or just doing what works for her family?
How many parents can say their kids are in bed by 7pm?
Not AT 7.
Not SLIGHTLY after 7.
But BY 7. Or to be more accurate, between 6-7pm.
Becky Mansfield, who writes for Your Modern Family, found herself on the receiving end of some hardcore judgment from other parents after she revealed her children are in bed when most mums and dads are just starting to make those first moves towards coaxing their kids into even thinking about bed time.
In fact, Becky puts her kids to bed when most families are still eating dinner.
The furore began when she published an article called 3 year old waking up at night – how to stop this – in the piece she casual mentioned her child’s normal bedtime was between 6 and 7. Her friend and fellow blogger, Jackie at Happy Hooligans, shared the article and shortly afterwards this comment appeared:
“Who puts their kid to bed between 6:00 & 7:00 pm?”
Since then, Becky says she’s received even more backlash and has felt compelled to explain herself in an article entitled Why I put my kids to bed at 7.
Becky's four children are eight, six, four, and two, and she says they are really active and play hard: "These kids are busy all day long. They play with their friends, they play with each other, they play with me and they play by themselves. They are worn out by bedtime!"
"Our older kids, six and eight, stay up a little later (they have reading time with my husband and I). If they have football or wrestling, they are up even later, but we AIM for an early bedtime! Most night, the older kids aren’t getting to sleep until closer to 7:45 or 8:00," she explains.