Day 543: Mr. December’s Rebuttal

Hi Everyone, Mr. December here.

I would like to respond to the recent blog post #notallbedtimes.

First, I’d like to offer a fact check of one of the accusations leveled against me:

  • While a cow is a barnyard animal, an octopus is not.1

Now, in my defense:

Despite what you may have heard, our current bedtime routine is supported by robust empirical data, which I submit to you—the readers—for peer review: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-YNVN53DY9/

This recent survey of four representative children revealed:

  • 100% want longer bedtimes, not shorter, as implied by the author
  • 100% want not less, but more shenanigans
  • 100% reported that being rowdy at bedtime had no impact on their sleep. 
  • 75% rate bedtimes as “lots of fun”, with 25% having “sufficient” fun. None noted a fun deficit. Comments afterwards by multiple survey participants noted that more fun is required.
  • Barnyard animal preferences were mixed, ranging from no barnyard animals, to more than three.

In conclusion, the evidence suggests moving in the opposite direction: longer bedtimes with at least one additional shenanigan. 

In life, each person must play their role. Sara is Juliette to my Romeo; Bonnie to my Clyde; Stick-in-the-mud to my let’s-have-fun; the bad cop to my good cop. 

So tonight, while I engage in bedtime shenanigans, she says she’ll be finding some extra sheets and blankets and putting them on the couch for some reason.

Image description: Bar graphs of the results of Mr. December’s bedtime survey, which can be found at surveymonkey.com/results/SM-YNVN53DY9/(opens in a new tab)

2 thoughts on “Day 543: Mr. December’s Rebuttal

  1. Perhaps I misunderstood. Mr. D prefers longer bedtimes for children, but not starting earlier to provide time after children’s lights out for personal time with refreshed spouse??????? No suggestion of starting the rumpus an hour earlier in pjs and then having only quiet reading time for 20 mins before the youngest has bedtime with staggered lights out time for older ones? I must have misunderstood!
    Loved the survey however. No wonder the youngest wants to stay up as late as the eldest.

  2. As a scientist I feel the need to point out that self-reporting can be an issue with this type of data collection. I would really prefer to see something more quantitative, especially with respect to quality of sleep. You’ve also got some bias in your data if you’re trying to apply your results outside of the Borer family. Also – apparently I spend too much time reviewing other people’s papers… 😉

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