The past year has certainly had an effect on everyone’s day-to-day life, and for parents one big problem they’ve been dealing with is their kids’ bedtime.
According to a new survey of parents of kids ages three to 18:
- 49% of parents say since last March they’ve struggled to get their kids to go to bed.
- 60% say it’s likely due to changing bedtime routines, with 43% saying their kid’s routine has become less regular in the past year.
- 42% of parnts say that since their kids don’t leave to go to school, they’ve been less strict about enforcing bedtime.
- Overall, kids in Florida are the most likely to stay up past their bedtime during the week followed by kids in California and Colorado.
- Florida kids stay up, on average, 33 minutes past their bedtime.
- Florida parents are also more likely to say getting their child to bed has become a challenge, noting it’s an issue about three times a week.
And it’s pretty apparent some kids will do just about anything to not have to go to bed when they are supposed to.
- The survey also uncovered the most creative excuses kids have used to stay up past their bedtime.
- They include:
- “Bigfoot is outside his window and he is too scared to go to bed.”
- “If I go to sleep, the moon will wonder where I am.”
- “My teacher told us to watch the late-night news as homework.”
- “He’s a superhero and superheroes doesn't have bedtimes because they have to save the world.”
- “Had to organize her stuffies so they were comfortable.”
- “That he is a werewolf and needs to howl at the moon.”