*This post is based on a syndicated press release*
How was bedtime in your house tonight? Straight to bed without a fuss or endless requests for another few minutes, a drink of water, sheets tucking in, a cuddly toy, a bit more of a story? You know the score right?
I was really shocked when I got an email this week entitled “33% of Parents find Betimes Unbearable” Unbearable?! Heck that’s a strong word isn’t it? Apparently, according to some new research carried out by Blinds2Go, a third of us find bedtime to be one of the most stressful times of our day. The survey of 2,118 people with children aged 5 and under pitched bedtime as the top stress factor followed by shopping (28%) and eating out (18%). At least shopping and eating out can be avoided to a point if they’re tricky for your family but the bedtimes just keep on rolling around don’t they?
Bedtime is pretty early in our house with us going upstairs around 6.30pm and everyone being in bed for about 7pm. Ben and Chloe might not always get straight off to sleep but they are happy to chat to each other or look at books if they’re not quite as tired. Another factor mentioned in the Blinds2Go research is that parents are missing out on the chance to spend some time together of an evening by children refusing to go to bed. I’m really grateful that thus far this isn’t something we’ve had a problem with. By the time we’ve got everyone settled in bed we’re more than ready to sit down and enjoy our evening meal together, not to argue with our children about them going to bed. I can see exactly why this would make parents feel stressed!
What really surprised me was that of the 33% who answered that Bed Time was so stressful, when they were asked how they handled the situation 74% admitted to giving in to their child’s demands for an easy life. Really?! Talk about making a rod for your own back? Have they never watched Super Nanny? Perhaps I’m being too harsh having never been in the situation myself but I do think you need to stand your ground and be the parent.
What do you think? Is there a point in your week that makes you want to tear your hair out without fail? How many of this list of top 20 most stressful moments do you agree with?