After supper is finished, baths are done, and homework completed, busy parents know that the real struggle is about to begin. This war of attrition is a nightly battle – wearing you down both mentally and physically to the point where you feel like waving your white flag and surrendering. This is bedtime, and your children will do anything to avoid it.
You make sure your kids brush their teeth, put on their pajamas, and maybe even read them a story, but they will inevitably have one more card up their sleeve to play in an attempt to put off going to bed and staying there.
There are the common excuses – “I’m thirsty,” “I need to give you one more hug,” I’m too hot,” “I’m too cold” – but every so often your little one comes up with an excuse so creative and far-fetched that you can’t help but give them credit for trying.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Mom, Gigi was quoted on Babble.com saying that her child once told her, “I want to say goodnight to the dog.” I mean, who can argue with this little one, dogs need proper goodnights, too, right?
Maxine, a commenter on Yahoo Answers, shared one particularly hilarious excuse her eight year old gave: “But Momma, I want to watch The Bachelor with you!”
While busy parents just want their darlings to go to bed, kids have other priorities. One poster on Café Mom, username clovismommy25, said that her child told her she couldn’t go to bed because, “I need to dance.” I mean, when the urge to dance takes over, it’s hard to stop it, right?
Netflix ran a successful campaign in the US called #5moreminutes. They asked parents to submit the funniest, most absurd excuses their children used to get out of going to bed. One submission was, “I hate the inside of my eyelids.”
Writer Carolyn Robertson wrote a post on the Baby Center Blog listing off the many excuses she’d heard from her toddler. One humourous example from her list was that her stuffed toy frog, named Cupcake, was looking “all crazy” and she couldn’t sleep.
As part of a campaign by UK bed retailer, Time4Sleep, parents were asked to submit the strangest excuses they’d heard from their children at bedtime. One child claimed that her teddy bears didn’t want her in bed.