Inventive kids at bedtime
Our bedtime routine became quite ridiculous lately, because Bobcat started to object to going to bed. He’d much rather be playing with his dog or toys, reading just one more book, go for yet another trip to the toilet, have some more water, have some more milk (he hasn’t had milk at bedtime since he turned two), call us just to say good night again, you get the picture. At nearly four years of age, he realised that he doesn’t want to go to sleep in the evenings, because it’s boring. As much as these excuses can be funny, they can get a very tiring too, especially when he keeps repeating something over and over again, for 10-15 minutes straight.
He started to come up with brilliantly funny excuses too, to delay bedtime, like as above: “but I’m bored”. How do you respond to that? Well, of course, close your eyes and think about Thomas the tank engine or something. He came up with something new and truly hilarious every other night, so I started to jot them down.
“….but I’m Thomas, I need to sleep in a shed!”
“….but I can’t sleep, because I’m a bat!”
“….mummy, I’ve hurt my tooth, can you kiss it better?”
“….but my head is talking to me!”
“….but it’s already tomorrow, mummy!”
And so on. So I thought, it would be a fun to ask some of my blogging buddies – many with small children – if they have any hilarious stories to add and they didn’t disappoint.
Here are some of the best excuses:
“I’m too tired to go to bed.”
That I hear quite often. Says Pete But I’m with the kid on this one: I can hear ya, buddy. Chances are, your parents as well.
“The dog is breathing to noisily.”
Says Sara. Who probably has a light sleeper on her hands.
“But my teddy isn’t ready for bed yet!”
Beth’s little one has a great excuse blaming her cuddly toy.
“My 21 months old has learnt that if she says ‘bum’ and nods when asked if she had done a poo she will get a free trip into the front room.”
That’s Sarah’s little person. They are never too young to work out what motivates parents.
“My eyes are too open!”
Lianne’s telling me. She’s quite clever for her four years, the ball is in your court, mummy.
“My eyebrow hurts.”
Says Collette, and I know, the pain is real.
My daughter was standing in her cotbed so I told her to lie down and sleep. She closes her eyes, starts marching and says: “Mummy, but I’m sleep walking”
From Irina – that’s very clever! Such an obvious answer when pretending to be asleep.
Minime is 4 and Granny stays with him until he falls asleep and I will not and I was told last week by a very serious little man… “you are damaging me mummy”
Sarah’s little one. This has to be my favourite.
“I’m too little mummy. I can’t do it.”
Lisa’s almost 3’s answer to any others days. Too adorable.
My son when he was younger told me he couldn’t sleep because everything was black when his eyes are closed!
Says Jen and I think I also had a similar excuse too.
“My mouth just won’t stop talking!”
From Laura. What a surprise!
Tonight my husband was doing bedtimes. Our 3 year old son, Cohen wanted to sleep with me. We told him that he had to go in his own bed. He started crying and said “I can’t sleep in my own bed, Mummy needs me!”
Claire tells me. This is just as innocent and adorable as funny. Good try.
“But Moon won’t have anyone to talk too.”
Another excellent try, shared by Sinead
My little boy started complaining his papercut was hurting, one he’d had 4 months ago!
By Jennie. All these serious pains. Eyebrows, hair, paper cut from four months ago.
And finally, the ultimate response to nearly everything from a small child by Veronica. Try to answer that, and you’ll be hit by another one and it will go on till the end of the times.
Do you have any funny bedtime quotes to share with us?
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My favourite for L has said so far is that he can’t possibly go to bed because then he will fall asleep. That’s exactly what we want to happen!!! #stayclassymama
This is great. Good to laugh at a topic that can be so exhausting when you can’t wait to get away and have an evening to relax. The, ‘My head keeps talking to me,’ one has to be the best. Such profundity from one so small. #StayClassyMama
Thank you for Including us! All these are just so funny!! xx
Very funny these ones:D
I think “My head is talking to me” is my favourite. I know how he feels.
The paper cut on made me chuckle! Suddenly before bed every ailment in the book comes out.
The paper cut on made me chuckle! Suddenly before bed every ailment in the book comes out. #thesatsesh
I’m surprised my 5 year old has never used the “But my mouth won’t stop talking” excuse…or my 2 year old, for that matter!
“But my head is talking to me!” Ugh. Story of MY life, kid!
These are so cute!
My children are older now, so they all take themselves off to bed, but they did used to get extremely chatty around bedtime and decide it was always the perfect time to tell me every single thing that had happened to them that day.
These are hilarious! I love the ones about the head talking and also the mouth not stopping talking! Kids say the funniest things and are also super clever! #thesatsesh xx
How wonderful, I have written a similar post, on the jokes that children come up with #famikyfub@_karendennis
Ha ha ha – how funny to get sandwiched between your lovely posts – popping back for #thefamilyfunlinky – these do make me chuckle! xx
This is great. My Sweet Girl figured out if she asks for more “prayers, pease”, it delays the inevitable. Hard to say no to that one!
This is so funny! My kids are also the king and queen of bedtime excuses 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #StayCLassyMama
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These are so cute! I love the ‘I want to sleep in the shed’ one. I think sleeping in the shed is not a bad idea. I may actually get more sleep there! LOL! #coolmumclub
Oh so funny – kids will try anything for one more cuddle won’t they?!
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Haha some of these are great. We get a lot of ‘my arms hurting’ ‘my hairs hurting’. Right ok… I once had my eyes hurt Mummy to which I replied, close them then and they won’t hurt! Seemed to work. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun
Tonight we’ve had ‘I can’t sleep in my bed because my legs are tired!’ #familyfunlinky
Hahahaha, read this post thrice and laughed out loud each time! The answers these little monsters come up with – amazing isn’t it?!