well, dd has been a night owl for quite a while. but i have intervened just enough to see that she sleeps by midnight - most of the time. Now it seems like my intervening is becoming more for the same result - and i wonder if it is the right thing to do. She really perks up after 10 pm.
I think I should not intervene esp now that she is approaching 8 and I dont want this to become a point of tension. However I feel that if I do nothing she will stay up later and later and as a result miss out on most of the daylight hours. I have seen others in my family struggle with not being able to get up in the morning, not being able to sleep at night, etc. It is not pretty. Right now, if I do give reminders and move things towards lights-out by midnight, she does fall asleep soon after.
The only other thought that comes to mind is to move everything in the evening earlier, so we eat earlier, play games, and I myself get in bed earlier. At some point her own desire to be awake, at the time that she is quite alert and bubbling with energy and ideas becomes so great that (one might ask) even if she could fall asleep, should she do so just because of the time on the clock? I think so - but I questions why I think this.