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No such thing as early to bed for parents of teens — FranklyStein

My husband and I are morning people. He often gets up as early as 4:30 a.m. to go running and while I’m not that crazy, sleeping until 7:30 a.m. is a huge luxury for me.

But come 9:30 at night, we are hard pressed to keep our eyes open. Which has become a problem lately. We are realizing that high schoolers do not go to bed early.

During the week their homework keeps them up past 10 most nights. This wouldn’t be a problem — since I don’t mind going to bed before them — but it seems like they save the studying for as late as possible. A few weeks ago we were quizzing Adam at 11 p.m. (while lying in bed), and Lilly has needed help studying after 10 p.m. several times in the past couple of weeks.

And then there are the weekends. Suddenly, they all have social lives. They have places they want to go, people they want to see and they need to be driven there and picked up after. And while it may not be horribly late, it’s definitely past our bedtime.

The weekend before last, Lilly was at a field hockey team dinner, Adam went to a football game in a neighboring county and Maggie went to a football game nearby. We got lucky with carpools for Lilly and Adam — we drove to their events and someone else brought them home. (Score!) So that only left Maggie needing a ride home.

This past weekend, however, I was not so lucky. They all went to a homecoming dance and to a diner after. I drove a group of Lilly’s friends from the dance to the diner and hung out at the counter while they ate. Maggie and her friends were there as well, but Adam ended up at another diner about 10 minutes away. By the time we all got home, it was going on 1 a.m. I’m still recovering.

So that’s the end of lights out at 9:30 p.m. for a couple of aging parents. And I guess there will be no more catching up over a few cocktails at the end of a long workweek. Come some time after 10 p.m., we need to be alert and ready to drive around the county picking up our kids.

Happy hours at the Stein house are discontinued and will resume in four years.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 9.


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