When your child asks you for #5MoreMinutes at bedtime, this is what you need to do…
We only have two hours to get homework, dinner, baths, and everything else done before my six year old daughter needs to get in the bed.
It’s easy to feel guilty when I have to make her go to bed when it seems we just got home – and as she says, “but we haven’t played yet!” However, this is her first year of school (Kindergarten) and she has to board the bus very early. So, unfortunately she has to get enough rest.
Some of her many excuses for not wanting to go to bed include:
“You didn’t read me a story!”
“I didn’t brush my teeth.” (This kid LOVES brushing her teeth!)
“I need to wash my hands.”
“Mom! Can you cover me up?” Right after I just covered her.
“Can I sleep with you?”
“I don’t want to go to bed, I’m going to have bad dreams!”
“I need to pick out an animal to sleep with!”
Do these kids think we’re amateurs or something? It’s like a big deja-vu when your own kid starts rattling off the same bedtime excuses you used back in 19-something-or-another. What these little stall-masters don’t understand is that you’re not clueless… you’re just too tired to argue.
Turns out, the bedtime excuses are universal –more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night. But guess what? It’s time to take back your night with a little help from Netflix.
Next time you find yourself in the bedtime battle, just tell your kids they can watch an ENTIRE show before bed.
Yep, you heard me right, and no, I haven’t lost my mind.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation launched Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites, new episodes of the latest hit, all in a nice little 5-minute package — letting your little negotiator think they’re getting away with the age-old ‘just five more minutes’ ploy.
In a mere 300-seconds, your kids will be speechless as they march themselves up to bed knowing they got exactly what they wanted. You: 1, Kids’ stalls: 0.
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Even the best bedtime excuses have met their match with Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites.
I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I received a complimentary subscription and device. All opinions and selections are my own.
Have you fallen victim to the bedtime stall trap? Do you have a “5 more minute” negotiator on your hands, or is your little one slow as snails come bedtime? Share the ridiculous, hilarious and utterly out-there excuses your kids have used to delay bedtime.