“I’m afraid of the dark.” And so it goes most ever night with my 5 year old. She has been afraid of the dark now for some time. Plus, this is just one of the many bedtime excuses she uses.
Still we have tried pretty much everything. This Includes traditional night lights to light up pillow pets to glow in the dark stars to even Boon Glo Nightlight with Portable Balls.
Still pretty every night, she will go to bed just fine after we read a book together. She shares a room with her big sister. So, she has a friend essentially to hang out with attempting bed time.
By attempting, I clearly mean that these two talk girls chat, giggle and more while trying to supposedly fall asleep.
But usually the 6 year old falls off to sleep first.
The irony here doesn’t escape me. Why? See the 6 year old pretty much didn’t sleep her whole first year of life with colic and bad teething. But now she is the first to fall off and pretty much never hear a peep from her again until morning.
Yet the 5 year old was my good sleeper as a baby. Plus, she pretty much was sleeping soundly through the night by 6 weeks old.
But still once this happens, the 5 year old now is left to her own devices.
This is when I usually get her climbing out of bed and into my room to share her tale of woe. So many bedtime excuses!
I have heard it all with afraid of the dark being the top contender. But still mostly this little lady is full of bedtime excuses as to why she can’t go to bed at night.
Some of my all-time favorite bedtime excuses, I thought I would share here. Why? Because clearly this one has a vivid imagination. See she will stop at nothing to keep bedtime and sleep from really occurring at any cost.
The Top 10 Bedtime Excuses for My 5 Year Old…
I want another hug and kiss from you. (I couldn’t be bothered needing either while I am busy playing all day. But since I should be sleeping, why not now!)
I can’t see you. So, I had to come in to see you once more. (Mind you, your bedroom is right next door to me. Plus, I can hear you moving about in there or watching TV.)
I need a tissue, because my nose is running. (My sleeve works just fine during non-sleep hours!)
You have to lay on my floor as I try to fall asleep. (This is usually directed to her father. Why? Because I have a bad back. So she knows ,if I lay on her floor I might not get back up.)
I just want to sit in your bed for a few minutes. (And if I just so happen to fall asleep here, maybe you won’t move me. Even if I am kicking you in the face at 3 am!)
A sip of water would hit the spot right now. (I won’t drink plain water ever as I am so not a fan. But since it is bedtime why not!)
I forgot my Mickey Mouse (stuffed animal) in the other room. So, I can’t sleep without him. (Never mind that you reminded me ten times before bedtime to make sure he was in my bed!)
Am afraid of getting older. Can we stop my birthday from happening? But don’t forget the presents.
I wanted my Kindergarten Star Day in November and am upset over this. (I know it is December and her Star Day is February. But still November has a nice ring to it!)
My blanket fell off. So, I need you to put it back on. (Yes, I took it off to get up to come to find you. See this is no real surprise, but still!)
I could go on. But then again bed time is coming at some point today. So I am sure we will get more bedtime excuses to add my ever expanding list!