Does bed time with your kids look more like a crime scene than a sweet dream? Unlike adults, little units seem to get more wound up as the sun goes down. They save all their energy and mischief for the night time, like gnomes or witches.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan once said that kids act like they’ve never been put to bed… EVERY day. “Bed? What’s that? I don’t want to go to bed.” It’s like the movie “Groundhog Day” but every night.
Speaking of movies, there was a fabulous FB post by exhausted parents who suffer this routine every night. They all posted a movie title that best describes putting their kids to bed. And it doesn’t end well or look like this:
The Series of Unfortunate Events
The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Remains of the Day
Catch Me If You Can
Never Let Me Go.
Most nights? Much Ado About Nothing. (With a generous amount of drama that Shakespeare would have been proud of) The especially bad night? 10 Things I Hate About You.
Insomnia (she is currently belting out show tunes and jumping on her bed).
The Crying Game
Something’s Gotta Give
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (I have 3 😉 )
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (me trying to sneak out after she is asleep)
The Fast and The Furious.
The Never Ending Story
The Sound and the Fury
She’s Not That into You
It Comes at Night
In and out (of bed numerous times)
The Perfect Storm
The Greatest Showman
Never Back Down
The Hunger Games (mainly because they are all suddenly starving)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Sleepless in Seattle. 🤣
The Big Sleep (mine are teenagers)
Scream. And Scream 2
Superman (my husband runs the routine. My hero.)
Good Night and Good Luck
The Parent Trap
PS I Love You
There Will Be Blood
Night of the Living Dead
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Kill Me Now
Return of the Mummy (every freaking 30 seconds!!!!)
From Dusk till Dawn
The Great Escape
Throw Mamma From the Train
Where the Wild Things Are
Lost In Space
Morning sequel: The Walking Dead.
Dances with Wolves
Eyes Wide Shut
Silence of the Lambs
Nightmare on Elm Street.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Final Showdown
Dazed and Confused
From Dusk Till Dawn
Oh….if I weren’t laughing so hard I would be crying in pity. Have you seen this time lapse video of a mom of three kids
sleeping in bed? Warning: it’s painful to watch and earns the movie title, “Sleeping With the Enemy.” You know, one of the ways they tortured prisoners of war was to deprive them of sleep AND play high pitched noises. Hmmm. No wonder we become babbling idiots, willing to hand over the nuclear missile launch codes or at least give in to whatever demands our children make. One more cookie? Sure. Have three. Another glass of water? I’ll be your waiter for the evening.