An Absolutely Brilliant Cure For the Bedtime Stalls

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Ummm….this isn’t my first rodeo. Really.

Yet my twin boys seem to think that it’s a free-for-all when it comes to bedtime. Yes, they think that their various “reasons” (read: excuses) will prolong the inevitable just a few precious moments longer.

Here are some beauties:

  • “I’m not tired!” (usually stated when their eyeballs are almost rolling back in their heads and the distinctly shrill, whiny tone of exhaustion has taken hold)
  • “I’m thirsty/hungry!”
  • “My head/foot/eyeball hurts!”

Get the picture?

It’s pretty clear that anything and everything is fair game in the quest to extend bedtime for even five minutes longer. “Desperate times call for desperate measures,” a wise man once said. He must have had kids.

Not surprisingly, bedtime excuses are universal. According to a global poll by Netflix, a full 61 per cent of parents have the pleasure of listening to the various excuses and bedtime stalling tactics provided by their kids. To this end, it’s probably no surprise then that 79 per cent of parents worldwide are willing to make compromises with their kids at bedtime, spending an average of 20 minutes per night negotiating with them to go to bed. That’s a lot of lost sleep, frustration and tears for all involved.

In an effort to support exasperated parents and wily children, Netflix has come up with the brilliant idea of how to give in to your child’s demand of “five more minutes” by giving them…well…five more minutes!

In partnership with DreamWorks Animation, Netflix has launched the new Dinotrux 5 Minute ‘Favorites,’ the perfect solution for parents who are at the end of their collective ropes.

Because of this option, bedtime now looks like this (at least it does in my house):

Me: “Time for bed. Let’s brush your teeth then get tucked in.”

Boy #1/Boy #2 or both: “My leg hurts!” “I’m thirsty!” “I’m not tired!”

Me: “Okay - how about I give you a very special treat: time to watch a whole Dinotrux show on Netflix and then right when it’s done, you go right into bed. Deal?”

Boy #1/Boy #2 or both: “Okay! Thanks, Mommy!!” (both boys walk away and park themselves in front of the TV, thinking they’ve won the bedtime battle, laughing to themselves; I sit tight for a mere 300 seconds, knowing that the bedtime follies will be ending momentarily).

At this point, there may actually be time for some adult Netflix time once the kids are in bed. What could be better than that?

Here’s a short video clip to show you what to expect from these five-minute shows:

And in case you’re not sure which bedtime staller category your child falls into, here’s a handy-dandy chart, based on Netflix show characters to help you successfully pinpoint your little darling’s style (These shows are great entertainment for the whole family when there’s more time to be had watching shows. Maybe a Friday or Saturday night movie night?):

5 more minutes

If it’s not immediately clear, I think that these mini-shows are a stroke of genius and a huge help to all of us parents who have struggled to get our kids into bed every night. Check them out and let me know what you think!

#5MoreMinutes

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