October 24, 2007


Kids are up for watching Sox (Stan Grossfeld, October 24, 2007, Boston Globe)

Sleep researcher Amy Wolfson, an associate professor of psychology at Holy Cross, said sleep deprivation isn't good at any age. But it is an especially tough call for parents to decide whether to let their kids stay up for the World Series.

"It puts parents in a difficult situation because the kids have all the goodies, the T-shirts, and the hats, and they've been following the Red Sox since April and this is all incredibly exciting," she said. "When there is a special event, to let a kid stay up is such a difficult question. Are they being a bad parent? No, but be aware of the consequences. It's just going to be awful the next day. I worry what teachers are going to accomplish the next day in school. Probably nothing."

Wolfson said kids between the ages of 10 and 17 are recommended to get 9.2 hours of sleep per night.

"The reality is that a younger child in elementary school is going to have trouble staying up," she said.

Wolfson urges parents to "catch the moment" when a child looks tired and find clever ways to get them into bed. "Like tape the game and let them watch it later."

We needn't expect them ever to return to pine for the days when you got to sit for the last couple hours of the school day with your transistor radio on and the little ear piece screwed in, then rushed home at the bell to catch the last couple innings on tv. (Wax off)

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 24, 2007 7:25 AM

In my Nevada primary/elementary schools during the late 60s and early 70s the teachers brought in small TVs and we watched the games live. I can't imagine such a thing being allowed now.

Posted by: Patrick H at October 24, 2007 10:18 AM

My boys watch the TIVOed games the next morning while eating their cereal.

Posted by: The Other Brother at October 24, 2007 10:18 AM

Boy lays in bed and listens to the game on AM radio. We turn a blind eye to that and reading by flashlight under the covers. Breaking the rules for baseball and reading are things I can abide by.
He's tired after a long game, but so are his teachers and parents so nobody notices.

Posted by: Bryan at October 24, 2007 3:11 PM

Yeah, not so much transistor-listening at school, not least b/c by the time I started following baseball circa 77 the World Series was at night. Lot of listening to the radio under the covers during the regular season, not to mention Knick and Ranger games. Marv Albert was a great radio guy for the Rangers.

Of course my fondest memory of racing home from school to catch the last innings of a game occurred in October 1978. Iirc I got home to find the Yankees down 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th. The rest is history.

(Letting your kids watch the Sawx is child abuse btw, and come the revolution the state will take your kids away and send them to re-education camps to purge them of the disease of Sawx fandom).

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 24, 2007 4:22 PM