I don’t know what it is about bed time, but kids will come up with just about any excuse to delay going to sleep. In a perfect world I like to try and tire the kids out to the point they welcome the opportunity to fall asleep, but the reality is, that doesn’t always happen. Over the past 5 years I have heard some fairly ridiculous reasons why the kids couldn’t lay down and go to sleep.
Hands down, the two most common reasons have been:
“I’m thirsty” & “I need to go to the bathroom.” Those are actually even legitimate on occasion.
The third excuse is probably “I’m scared of the dark.”
Then after that, there are the reasons that only somehow make sense to a child:
“My toe is freezing cold.”
“I have too many stuffed animals in my bed.”
“I don’t want this blanket in my bed.”
“My leg hurts.”
“I got a boo-boo earlier today and I need a bandage.”
“I left a lego downstairs”
“I had a bad dream.” (When they’ve only been in bed for 12 seconds)
“I need to give you a kiss.”
“Tomorrow, can we have French toast for breakfast?”
“Is *insert sibling’s name here* asleep yet?”
“Can I have more dessert?”
“How does this plan sound for tomorrow? After breakfast I’ll play Mario Cart Wii?”
“I need to go check on my baby doll to make sure she is asleep.”
These are just the ones I can remember right now. Some of these are kind of funny now, but after a long day they are anything but funny. I just want a few moments to relax and take a break before I have to straighten up the house. I am usually not excited to play a game of “20 excuses to call dad into my room.” I would love to know what the thought process was for some of these reasons. I bet they were interesting.
How about you? Do your kids come up with reasons to delay going to bed? Share some of them below.