5 and 6 year old children need sleep, and lots of it. In order to be prepared for school, school work, after school sports, homework etc, children need a very good night’s sleep. Most parents are usually mindful of this during the school week but when the weekend arrives, bedtimes are often relaxed. Parents want to catch up on spending time with their children, night time activities run later on Friday and Saturday nights and bedtime for Kindergartners is often later than normal. This all seems like a good idea until Monday morning arrives and you try to get your child up and ready for school. If bedtimes over the weekend were different than school night bedtimes, chances are on Monday you will be faced with a sleepy, groggy, and perhaps grouchy child who does not want to get up and get moving. This tiredness carries over into the school day and for many children Mondays are an extreme challenge just to stay awake. Do yourself, your child, and your child’s teacher a favor and be sure that your child goes to bed at the same time 7 nights a week. Everyone, but most importantly your child will benefit from a nightly routine that includes going to bed at the same time each and EVERY night.