Consistently getting children to bed, at the same time, each night, can reduce bad behavior.  According to a new study, kids without consistent bedtimes scored higher on things like unhappiness, fighting and being inconsiderate.

There is some good news, though, if you don’t have a regular sleep schedule for your child.  The negative effects of inconsistent “nighty-nights” can be reversed – if you start a regular schedule ASAP.

Regular bedtimes have a positive effect on child self-esteem, weight and even math scores

Toddlers should get 9-11 hours of sleep per night.

Kids who are four and over should get 10-13 hours, each night.

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