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As the days were getting longer, my kids' bedtime was getting later. "But the sun's still out!" was the complaint, so a few extra minutes here and there, what could it hurt? Oh... it hurt. A few days of later bedtimes resulted in cranky, tired, whiny kids. No amount of sun and exercise is worth that.
It's possible that during the holiday season your family has accumulated a bit of a sleep debt with late nights and off-kilter sleep routines. I call it your Holiday Sleep Hangover. Chipping away at that sleep debt is a great way make the improvements in your family's self-care.