Sleep for kids

October 13, 2015

Dear Friends,

I want to be a nag this week.  So get ready.  It comes from a place of love and respect.  You know the deal…

On sleep:

All kids need it.  They need more of it than they probably get.  When they don’t get it things get dicey.  They lie on the table instead of writing their story.  They whine when they are asked to solve a math problem.  They have floppy bodies and dark circles under their eyes.  They drop popcorn all over the floor.  They trip and fall more easily.  They lose things.  Like sweaters.  I cannot even tell you how many sweaters are lost due to tiredness!

The CDC says:


  • Newborns – 16-18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children – 11-12 hours a day
  • School-aged children – At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens – 9-10 hours a day
  • Adults (including the elderly) – 7-8 hours a day

Also, when your child has not rested well, it takes a couple nights to catch up.  So, after a crazy weekend, it is vital to put them to bed earlier than usual.  I am serious.  Sleep is so key.  I promise it is.  It is key for preschoolers, it is key for Uppers. It is key for everyone that goes to the Center School.

Parents who say, “Oh I just can’t get my kid to go to bed” need to call me and I will help you.  I care that much.  I will coach you.  I will practically come to your house and read everyone a bedtime story.  For reals.  You can get your kid to go to bed at a healthy time, you can enforce the rules, and we will all see fabulous results if you do.  It shows when kids are tired.  And I feel so sorry for chronically tired kids.  I want to create a little nest in my office and tuck them all into it.  I care that much.

So, do call me if you want some support or advice about children and sleep.  I will be there for you.

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest (4.1.168-170) William Shakespeare

Sweet dreams,


Charlie Spencer, Head of School
Contact Charlie: Email
Phone: 413-773-1700
Read All Blog Posts
Copyright ©  2018 The Center School