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)