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Do Polish children have a typical bedtime?


pg123 6 | -
18 Nov 2013  #1
I have recently moved into a new flat. It is considerably nicer than the old place that I was living; however, there is one massive drawback - the kids in the flat above don't seem to ever stop running around and make a tremendous noise! I can only assume that the ceiling is having some kind of amplification effect, as the noise of their footsteps as they run about is loud enough, but they constantly seem to be banging around every few seconds as well (I have no idea what they are doing!). It would seem the ceiling is probably quite thin as well, as I can hear them giggling/crying/squealing etc - and by the sound of things, they aren't too old.

Anyway, this seems to go on all day, it is almost 22:30 now, and they still haven't stopped. As I say, based on the giggling and other noises, they sound fairly young - I'm guessing about 5-6, although it may be more or possibly less. This seems quite late for kids of such a young age to still be up and playing around - would I be right in thinking that? What would a typical bedtime be? I've only been at this new place for a few days, but it is already starting to drive me crazy! Hopefully this doesn't go on forever!!
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
18 Nov 2013  #2
Friday nights and occasional weekdays it was around 1 to 1.45 am if like the kids in one of the flats I lived in.

Each flat I've lived in here has had problems at night of some sort -- just never encountered that in the UK in flats there. I've had all-night DIY, nocturnal and very early start people, kids at all hours, dogs at midnight upstairs, marching about adults for hours from 2 am, basically you name it.
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,099
19 Nov 2013  #3
it is almost 22:30 now, and they still haven't stopped

On Friday nights, when daddy is playing Call of duty, they can reach even 8 a.m.
sobieski 107 | 2,129
19 Nov 2013  #4
Each flat I've lived in here has had problems at night of some sort

In our kamienica here in Bielany, Warsaw, there is a very clear sign "Cisza Nocna 22:00 - 06:00", which in general well observed.
BohdanBazooka - | 24
2 Dec 2013  #5
In ''good old days'' (back when there were only two channels in TV) Polish children were going to bed after ''dobranocka'', but nowadays the ''dobranocka'' is no more.
Atch 17 | 2,740
3 Nov 2015  #6
Yes, in my experience the children here tend to be allowed to stay up quite late. I think it's partly because the flats are very small and as the kids may not have a bedroom, it's easier to just let them stay up than try to get them to sleep while life for the adults is carrying on as normal around them.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
3 Nov 2015  #7
Obviously Poles do in all different ways. I know kids who go to bed before 9 (pm) and others of same age who stay up until past ... 1 (am ;)) even during school week and needless to say the following day they can't stop yawning ;)
kpc21 1 | 763
4 Nov 2015  #8
In ''good old days'' (back when there were only two channels in TV) Polish children were going to bed after ''dobranocka'', but nowadays the ''dobranocka'' is no more.

It exists and it's called now "Wieczorynka", although it's no longer shown by the main public TV channel - from August 2013. They opened a new channel with cartoons for children, which is available countrywide from DVB-T transmitters together with the main channels, so they moved "Wieczorynka" there.

"Wieczorynka", or earlier "Dobranocka" was a 20-25 minute (in the past 10 minute) block of cartoons and other programmes for children shown by the main public TV channel (TVP1) every day at 19:00 (the time was changing throughout the time, sometimes there were single changes due to sports events, but 19:00 was the most typical hour). A custom was also that on weekends they were showing in "Wieczorynka" Disney's series (and, in some periods, the Smurfs - but there was still one day of the weekend, usually Sunday, with Disney).

It has been shown since the 1950's.

And yes, there was a... stereotype? custom? Anyway, it was usually said to children, that they should go sleeping after "Wieczorynka"/"Dobranocka". Who obeyed that, and who not, it depended only on the parents, the child and the discipline in the house. Also on the age of the child.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
4 Nov 2015  #9
Nevertheless, there is no going to bed or getting up time for Polish, Greek, Pakistani or Swahili...... kids. In each family it is different ;). It beats me when I read people who expect Poles to act/think as a block ;).
InPolska 11 | 1,821
4 Nov 2015  #11
@Kpc: there are people in PF (who of course don't live in Poland and often have never set a foot in Poland) who believe that Poles are like a "special race" and that all Poles think/act.... in a block.... Such a country does not exist, maybe not even ... North Korea. It would be boring if in a given place, everybody looked, thought, did... the same ;).

Why would there be a ... going to bed time for Polish kids??????? I know Polish kids who go to bed early and I know Polish kids who go to bed very late as they watch tv and/or play computer games until dawn and this is SO in ALL countries.

Well, such messages are so childish and completely stupid. I imagine that there are a lot of ignorant teenage kids from Polonia in PF. Well, I hope they are teenagers otherwise we could worry ...... ;)


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