When your kids ask for five more minutes before bed, what do you do? This post is brought to you by Netflix.
For all of us, there is a certain time of day that we consider the magic hour. Some of my friends have that moment as when they arrive home from work and take off their bra. For others it’s when they grab a cold drink from the fridge. For parents? It’s when the kids are all asleep.
Life as parents feels like a giant rollercoaster ride that only speeds up as the kids get older. I frequently tell friends, acquaintances, strangers that the 8-year-old in my house is much more difficult than the toddler. My toddler is pretty happy with peanut butter toast at any occasion. The pre-pre-teen is prone to making noise at all hours of the day (he especially likes to sing or lay down beats during mealtimes) and pouts if he doesn’t get a hug from his brother.
It’s not that we don’t love our children with the power of a thousand exploding stars. It’s just that sometimes we need to sit down and have some quiet. And when the kids are finally both asleep, it’s like we can finally exhale.
These days that time is getting pushed later and later. Both of my children are champions of asking for five more minutes. More time with this, more time with that. Just one more question about a random topic that spirals into sixteen more. After all, it is imperative that we talk about something a classmate said he might do over the winter break, especially when it’s time to turn off the light. (If you’re familiar with Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late this is basically my life every single day.)
On the evenings I let the kids watch TV, they try to up their negotiating skills by clamoring for “just one more episode.” Luckily for exhausted parents everywhere, there are now five-minute episodes of DinoTrux to help you sneakily get past that.
Then, once you finally have them tucked away, you’ve gotten them their last drinks of water, last hugs, and final bedtime stories, you can have that moment of victory. Squeeze in an episode of Master of None before your offspring escapes from bed with nightmares, sleepwalking, diaper changes, beverage requests…
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