Well, I guess the way to wake up people around here is to question the status quo on parenting.
The results are in to yesterday’s poll question. To refresh your memory I asked, “How late is too late for a 2 or 3 year old toddler to be out?”
136 people have responded in the past 24 hours.
58% said 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
27% said 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
9% said “It’s never too late.”
6% said 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The comments I’ve received both here and at TheBlogfathers where I cross-posted this have been a combination of “I agree” and “There are extenuating circumstances”.
Of course there are extenuating circumstances. Many focused on the bedtime itself, explaining they needed to keep their kids up so they could spend time with them after work. I totally understand this as I get maybe 30 to 40 minutes of time with my kids before bedtime. My issue is with parents keeping their children out on the town at an hour that is generally pretty late for a small child.
But that’s me. That’s my circumstance. A set schedule, when parenting twins, is so important because one cranky child is bad enough. Two cranky toddlers makes one want to take an ice pick and jam into the ear canal to make the whining stop. We do all we can to make sure our children stay on schedule.
So that’s that. Perhaps I’ll try and steer clear of the judgmental parenting for the time being.