My friends with kids are always discussing the pros and cons of a strict bed-time, letting their child sleep in their bed, use their electronics, choose their own babysitter, etc.
Krissy Pozatek LICSW, author of The Parallel Process
, has an interesting article called Securing the Fence: How Boundaries Allow Your Children to Feel Safe and Flourish
in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of the Lincoln Family Association Newsletter.
Apparently, our parents had good reason to send us off to bed at 7 p.m.!