Are your kids full of excuses when it comes to going to bed? My oldest has always been pretty good about going to bed, but my little guy on the other hand is full of reasons why he can’t just close his eyes and go to sleep. The thing is, I used those same excuses back in the day, in fact I think I invented the art of bedtime stalling, but now that I’m the mom, by 8 pm I am just too tired to argue with him.
Here are just a few of the excuses he’s given us as to why he can’t go to bed:
- I just slept yesterday
- I want to stay up to watch the moon
- I’m afraid there’s a monster in my closet.
- I just don’t feel safe
- I need a drink
- I have to pee (even though he just went 5 minutes before)
- I don’t like my pajamas
- My feet are hot/cold
- I need a tissue
- I need another blanket
- There is a dog barking loudly outside
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 recently 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. You can help spread the word – download the video below and share on Instagram using #5MoreMinutes.
Oh, and be sure to check out what’s new on Netflix this month:
What are some of the crazy excuses your kids have given you to stall bedtime?
Note: I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam. As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service, but all opinions are 100% my own.