As a parent of two young children and a full six years of experience in the world of motherhood, I still struggle to pep-talk myself into getting bedtime under way at night.
I mean; I know it’s lovely once they are actually in bed, it’s just that the process of getting from awake to asleep can, with kids, be a rather strenious one. For starters, you have been parenting all day, energy levels are low and, let’s face it, you are kind of done. I know, come 7.30 pm, that I am anyway.
The problem is that more often than not my kids are not done. By a long shot. It’s like a switch goes off in their little heads telling them they must stretch out being put to bed for as long as humanly possible. And so they often do. And they are not even limiting themselves to one tactic, either, the clever little fe**ers.
Avoiding sleep can be done by means like multiple drink requests, sudden frantic stuffed toy rescue missions, bladders threatning to burst, stories that need to be told, (invisible) bugs chased out through windows and on and on and on it goes until eventually I manage to make miracles happen and they fall asleep.
The comfort is that I am certainly not alone. In fact, just a little scroll through the feeds of some of Twitter’s funniest parents fill me with relief, knowing that bedtime is just as insane in other people’s houses. Thank God.
Here are some of the most hilarious tweets about the madness that is bedtime with little kids I have come across:
Me: It’s bedtime
4: Read one more book
Me: You’re stalling
4: Whats stalling?
Me: When you try to not go to bed
4: Let’s talk about stalling
— Now With 2% More Meh (@TheAlexNevil) July 24, 2013
If you’ve never said “I love you too” in a way that sounds a tad bit angry, then you must not have kids you are trying to put to bed.
— Meredith (@PerfectPending) March 1, 2016
I’m convinced that Satan is a toddler and hell is just putting him to bed over and over for eternity.
— Ashley Austrew (@ashleyaustrew) October 11, 2015
8 [in bed]: Mom?
Me: This better be important.
8: It is.
Me: Really important.
8: It is.
Me: What is it?
8: So when the sun explodes…
— Sarah (est. 1975) (@est1975blog) February 1, 2016
The bedtime stories I tell my son have gotten so quick that there’s hardly anything to them besides “Once upon a time” and “The end.”
— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) October 16, 2013
You think your kid will go to sleep earlier & easier because he didn’t have a nap THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS DUMBASS WELCOME TO HELL
— keith (@tchrquotes) September 8, 2015
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